Alex Ovechkin Participates in New Soccer Stadium Opening in Moscow

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Never a dull moment for the Great 8. After returning to Russia this week, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been a busy man. 

Friday night, Ovechkin made an appearance prior to the CSKA basketball game, signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

Photo: @Life

On Sunday Ovechkin joined local dignitaries in touring Moscow’s new state-of-art Luzhniki soccer stadium. (The original stadium was demolished in 2013 to give a way for construction of the new stadium).

Ovechkin also participated in the ceremonial planting of Cherry trees as part of the “Cherry Forest” Arts Festival held on the stadium grounds.

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Александр Овечкин после очередной неудачи «Вашингтона» в Кубке Стэнли решил завершить карьеру хоккеиста и сменить сферу деятельности. Теперь Ови сосредоточится на профессии садовода. Шутка! На самом же деле прославленный хоккеист принял участие в посадке деревьев на фестивале искусств «Черешневый лес» у олимпийского комплекса «Лужники», чем подал отличный пример остальным. Фото: Григорий Сысоев/РИА Новости. #Овечкин #Ovechkin #Ovi8 #Лужники #Москва #берегитеприроду #садовод

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has been awarded to Russia and the Luzhniki Stadium has been selected by the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup bid as the venue for the final, which will be held on July 15, 2018. Ovechkin was appointed as an Ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in November, 2016.

Photo: FIFA

The original Luzhniki Stadium hosted the final game of the 1957 Ice Hockey World Championship between Sweden and the Soviet Union, attended by a crowd of 55,000 and setting a new world record at the time.

On October 20, 1982, disaster struck during a UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem. 66 people died in the stampede, which made it Russia’s worst sporting disaster at the time.

Here are a few more photos from today’s event:

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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