Many Russian clubs have already seen a boost in attendance in the season following the World Cup. With new arenas, teams in the host cities of Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod have more than doubled their average home attendance, though Sochi and Kaliningrad are lagging behind.
Putin awarded Infantino a medal earlier this month for his help with staging the World Cup. "The outcome so far has been extremely positive, with average stadium attendances and football interest in general rising significantly according to recent reports," FIFA said in a statement, adding it is working with Russia to allocate money from a tournament legacy fund.
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