- Associated Press - Friday, September 26, 2014

ZURICH (AP) - FIFA has agreed to a reduction in capacity for two of the stadiums scheduled to host the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The stadiums in Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg will have a capacity of 35,000 - lower than any of the 12 venues which hosted World Cup matches in Brazil earlier this year.

The decision was announced on Friday, following a two-day meeting of FIFA’s executive board.

Kaliningrad, which is the westernmost of the 11 host cities, was originally set to have an all-new 45,000-seat arena, while the capacity at Yekaterinburg’s Central Stadium was to be increased from 27,000 to around 45,000.

The two cities are almost 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) apart.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in July that two of the 12 planned stadiums could be cut but Russia has so far resisted any such demands.

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