Staging of the one-thousandth anniversary, followed by preparation for the 2013 Summer Universiade, transformed Kazan beyond recognition. 30 new sports venues were built for the Universiade, including Kazan Arena Stadium, Aquatics Palace, Volleyball Centre, Gymnastics Centre, Ak Bars Martial Arts Palace and Universiade Village. A new airport terminal, high-speed train connecting the airport and city centre, new hotels and traffic interchanges were built, the railway station was renovated, city roads were reconstructed, new metro stations were opened.
In 2015, city parks were improved and their development concept, as well as the Kremlin embankment, made them residents' and guests' centre of attraction. Thanks to this work, the city has acquired an integral and attractive appearance of a thriving metropolis, which is noted both by Kazan residents and visitors to the capital.