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Qatar 2022 stadia update

With five designs now announced, here’s what we know about the Middle East’s first FIFA World Cup venues

 

This week, Qatar unveiled the design for the fifth announced stadium in its FIFA World Cup bid. The tournament, scheduled for 2022, has been beset by controversy, and designs for many of the venues released in the early stages of preparations are still to be confirmed as official stadia. Stadia takes a look at the five venues currently slated for construction.

Al Wakrah Stadium

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrick Schumacher
Designer and engineering consultants: AECOM
Tournament capacity: 40,000
Location: Al Wakrah
Role: Hosting matches up to and including the tournament quarter-finals
Construction start date: Q3 2015
Completion: Q1 2018
Legacy: Following the tournament, Al Wakrah Stadium’s modular 20,000-seat upper tier and associated cooling systems will be disassembled and distributed to developing nations. The remaining 20,000-seater stadium will become the new home of Al Wakrah Sports Club


Al Bayt Stadium

Design consultant: Dar Al Handasa
Project manager: Projacs
Tournament capacity: 60,000
Location: Al Khor
Role: Hosting matches up to and including the tournament semi-finals
Construction start date: Q4 2015
Completion: Q3 2018
Legacy: Parts of the venue will be transportable, and in the years following 2022, the upper tier will be removed and the modular sections will be used to build stadiums in countries around the world that lack adequate sporting infrastructure


Khalifa International Stadium

Design consultant: Dar Al Handasa
Project manager: Projacs
Tournament capacity: 40,000
Location: Al Rayyan municipality
Role: Hosting matches up to and including the tournament quarter-finals
Construction: Underway, as part of a redevelopment of the existing stadium
Completion: Q2 2017
Legacy: Redevelopment of the stadium forms part of the larger Aspire Zone – an existing development aimed at fostering a sports and fitness community for the municipality


Qatar Foundation Stadium

Lead design consultant: RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects
Project manager: ASTAD Project Management
Tournament capacity: 40,000
Location: Education City, Al Rayyan municipality
Role: Hosting matches up to and including the tournament quarter-finals
Construction: Underway
Completion: Q3 2019
Legacy: After the tournament, stadium capacity will be reduced to 25,000, and the seats in the stadium’s modular upper tier will be used to build stadiums in developing countries. The stadium, and the associated Health and Wellness Precinct also being constructed, will host university sports clubs and local, regional and international sporting events. The stadium is intended to become the home of the Qatar Women’s national team


Al Rayyan Stadium

Design: Ramboll and Pattern Design
Project manager: AECOM
Tournament capacity: 40,000
Location: Al Rayyan municipality
Role: Hosting matches up to and including the tournament quarter-finals
Construction: Q1 2016
Completion: Q1 2019
Legacy: Following the tournament, capacity of Al Rayyan Stadium will be reduced to approximately 21,000. The modular upper tier will be removed, and the downscaled stadium will become the new home of Al Rayyan Sports Club

 

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