The seventh edition of the World Stadium Congress

The seventh edition of the World Stadium Congress

The seventh edition of the World Stadium Congress—in partnership with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy—returns to Doha this month.

Serving as a comprehensive sports and stadia summit, the event will lay the groundwork for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and other future FIFA World Cups, distinguish among the latest in stadium technologies, outline the best venue and event security systems and protocols, share best-practice legacy programmes, and make transparent the social and economic growth that sporting excellence and tournaments can bring to society.

With over 30 speakers hailing from ten countries spanning across four continents, World Stadium Congress 2016 is a global gathering of the most influential and renowned sports and stadia stakeholders.


From identifying international sports infrastructure projects and tournament specifications to discussing stadium security and innovation, the summit will serve as an impetus to driving sporting excellence in Qatar, the Middle East, and beyond. With eight stadiums in different phases of design and construction for the proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup, the summit will cover great discussions on the delivery of these projects that will leave a lasting legacy beyond the tournament in the design, architecture and construction business.

Confirmed speakers include, Jurgen Muller, head of Planning & Infrastructure and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar; Eng. Othman Zarzour, Competition Venues deputy executive director at SC; Prof Dr Ashraf Sobhi, Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports; Richard Keys, broadcaster and journalist at beIN Sports; Louis Saha, former Manchester United and French national team striker; Sheikh Soud al-Thani, head of Sustainability at ASTAD; Keith Dalton, UEFA’s senior Match Operations manager; John Beattie, Stadium and Facilities Director at Arsenal FC; and Bill Mannarelli, director – Area Patrimonial, Espai Barca and FC Barcelona.

Patrícia Lopes

Patricia Lopes is a sports journalist, currently working as the BeIN Sports channel correspondent in Brazil. She took part in several international coverages and two world cups. The first in 2010 in South Africa, and the second in 2014, in Brazil. Patricia has previously worked for the following channels: Rede Brasil-TVE (Brazilian public TV) where she worked for nine years as a reporter, presenter and sports commentator. After that she spent 7 years at ESPN. She has also worked freelance for other famous news channels in the world: Al Jazeera, CNN EN Español and NBC Telemundo