Qatar World Cup is around the corner. FIFA already confirmed the venues for matches. Moreover, First round ticket sales are already been purchased. Hence Qatar football association increased the speed of construction for the Qatar Worldcup Stadiums. Reports suggest that construction work is almost completed. Final touches are been given at the moment. FIFA Qatar Worldcup Stadiums will be ready before the warm-up matches.
Qatar Worldcup Stadiums
Total 8 new stadiums are built for the megaevent. Before that Qatar doesn’t have any world standard stadium. Fifa World Cup 2022 cost more than $220 billion to Qatar. The reasons are given below:
- Constuctions of 8 new Worldclass stadiums.
- Biggest stadium with more seating capacity considered
- Air conditioned install Inside the stadiums
Lusail Iconic Stadium
Lusail Iconic Stadium is located 23 Km north of Doha city. This stadium is also known as Lusil International stadium. It’s one of the biggest stadiums in Qatar with a sitting capacity of 80,000. This stadium will host the final game of the FIFA World cup 2022. The inauguration of the stadium was held at the end of 2021.
The architectural design of this stadium is inspired by the interplay of the shadows and light in the far lantern. After the end of the mega event of football, this stadium will be transformed into a multipurpose community hub having educational facilities, cafes, parks, etc.
Stadium 974 was previously named Ras Abu Anoud stadium. The reason behind the name was, the stadium is located in Ras Abu Aboud, Doha. However, it was changed to 974 for two reasons.
- It shows the International dialing code for Qata
- There are 974 shipping containers that were used for the construction purpose
The construction is designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects. The stadium was inaugurated on 20 November 2021. It has a sitting capacity of 40,000. Stadium 974 is a temporary venue made to host the matches. After the end of Worldcup, the stadium will be demolished.
Khalifa International Stadium
The stadium is named after Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, who is Qatar’s former Emir. Khalifa International Stadium is also known as National Stadium. It was built in 1976.
For WorldCup 2022, it was renovated and expanded the capacity setup. Now it has the capacity of hosting 40,000 people. They also install air-conditioned to make the environment cool.
Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium
Previously known as Al-Rayyan stadium. Located in the city of Rayyan, Qatar. It was built in 2003 with a sitting capacity of 21,282. However, for this year’s event, it was demolished and reconstructed.
Now it has the capacity of hosting 40,740 people. The construction of the new stadium was started in 2016 by a joint partnership of Al-Balagh and Larsen & Toubro. The new design and renovation of the stadium include a huge media facade.
The Education City Stadium
This stadium is located in AL-Rayyan city, Qatar. The reason why it was named the Education City Stadium is that the stadium is located within several university campuses.
It will host the most number of Fifa Worldcup matches. It has the capacity of hosting 40,000 people. The building contract was given to the JPAC JV and Buro Happold.
Al Janoub Stadium
It is previously known as Al Wakrah Stadium. The stadium is located in Al Wakrah, One of the oldest inhabited areas of South Doha. For the mega event, The Sitting capacity mark is 40,000.
However, after the end of the event, it will be reduced to 20,000. The roof design of the stadium was inspired by the dhow boats, used by the pearl divers of the region. It was built by the Iraqi Zaha Hadid Architects together with the firm called AECOM.
Al Thumama Stadium
It is located in the Heart of Doha and close to Hammad International Airport. The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats. The stadium is surrounded by a 50,000 sqm green park.
The main architectural design is made by the chief architect of the Arab Engineering Bureau Ibrahim Judah.
Al Bayt Stadium
This stadium is located in the Al Khor region of Qatar. This stadium has it has a retractable roof. The architectural inspiration for this stadium was taken from the tents of the nomadic people of Qatar. Al Bayt Stadium has the capacity of hosting 60,000 people. It will host the opening match of the Qatar Worldcup. The onsite parking of this stadium has the capacity to hold 6000 cars, 350 buses and coming and going of 150 public taxis.
Note | Some of the FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums built for the world cup in Qatar will be demolished after the tournament is completed.