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According to FIFA’s proposal, Qatar will build nine stadiums and renew three. The 12 sites will be divided amongst seven host cities. We are 8 years away from the World Cup, but the country is already under works and preparing itself for the big event. Qatar’s most well known city is the capital, Doha, but the World Cup will be spread over other cities of the country. The 7 host cities are: Al-Daayen, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha and Umm Slal. After the World Cup, the plan is that part of the stadiums can be disassembled and sent to developing world countries, so that those can build 22 new stadiums.

 

Stadiums with controlled climate

Qatar’s bid organizers have already stated that the stadiums will be releasing zero carbon and will have controlled climate (FIFA’s World Cup is always held in Europe’s off season, in June and July, and during these months the average temperature during the day in Qatar is higher than 40° C). FIFA is studying to change the month when the World Cup will be held in Qatar, but anyhow the stadium builders will take measures to reduce the effects of hot winds and sun rays, and they will install mild air conditioning to provide adequate climate conditions (these measures have never been implemented before).

 

Cost of stadiums construction

The construction and renewal of stadiums will cost approximately 3 billion dollars. This is the amount projected in Qatar’s bidding document.

 

STADIUMS

Lusail Iconic Stadium (capacity for 86.250 persons)

The new Lusail Iconic Stadium, with a capacity of 86,250, will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Located in Lusail City, the stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat and is surrounded by water. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will be used to host other spectacular sporting and cultural events.

Host city: Al-Daayen.

Construction status: To be built.

Matches planned: Opening match, group matches, round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, final.

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Doha port Stadium

The new Doha Port Stadium will be a completely modular stadium with 44,950 seats. The stadium, which will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf, is designed to evoke its marine setting. Water from the Gulf will run over its outer facade, aiding in the cooling process and adding to its visual allure. Fans will have the option of arriving on a water taxi or ferry. After the FIFA World Cup™, the whole stadium will be disassembled and the seats sent to developing countries to further their football development.

Host city: Doha.

Construction status: to be built.

Matches planned: Group matches, round of 16, quarter final.

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Sports city stadium

Drawing inspiration from traditional Arab tents, Sports City Stadium will have 47,560 seats. A retractable roof, partly retractable pitch and retractable stands will make the stadium Qatar’s premiere multi-use facility in the decades following the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadiums innovative features will make it an ideal venue for football matches, but also concerts, theatre performances and non-football related athletic events.

Host city: Doha.

Construction status: to be built.

Matches planned: Group matches, 3rd place playoff.

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Education city stadium

Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond, glittering by day and glowing by night. The 45,350-seat stadium will be located in the midst of several university campuses at Education City, easily accessible for fans both in Qatar and in neighboring Bahrain, which will be only 51 minutes away from the stadium by high-speed rail. Following the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats for use by university athletic team.

Host city: Al-Rayyan.

Construction status: to be built.

Matches planned: Group matches, round of 16.

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Umm Slal stadium

Umm Slal Stadium, located in the vicinity of one of Qatar’s most historically important forts, will have 45,120 seats. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Arab forts, like the one in nearby Umm Slal Mohammed. After the FIFA World Cup™, seating capacity will be reduced to 25,500. The stadium will be used by Umm Slal F.C.

Host city: Umm Slal.

Construction status: to be built.

Matches planned: Group matches, round of 16 and quarter-final.

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Qatar university stadium

Replacing an existing track and field stadium on Qatar University’s campus, Qatar University Stadium will have 43,520 seats. The stadiums gold facade blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces, conjuring both past and future. The stadium will be used by student athletes following the FIFA World Cup™, with a seating capacity of 23,500.

Host city: Doha.

Construction status: to be built.

Matches planned: Group matches, round of 16.

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Al Gharafa stadium

The existing 21,175 capacity Al-Gharafa stadium will be expanded to 44,740 seats using modular elements forming an upper tier. The facade will be made up of ribbons representing the nations that qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will symbolize football and the mutual friendship, tolerance and respect that the tournament represents. The stadium will be downscaled to its existing capacity after the tournament ends.

Host city: Al-Rayyan.

Construction status: Major renovation.

Matches planned: Group matches.

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Al-Khor stadium

Al-Khor is a brand new 45,330-capacity stadium with a stunning seashell motif and a flexible roof. The permanent lower tier seats 25,500 and the modular upper tier seats 19,830. The stadium offers spectators a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats and will be located in a sports and recreation zone.

Host city: Al-Khor.

Construction status: To be built.

Matches planned: Group matches, round of 16.

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Al-Rayyan stadium

The existing Al-Rayyan Stadium with a seating capacity of 21,282 will be expanded to 44,740 seats using modular elements to form an upper tier. The stadium is designed with a special “media membrane” facade that acts as a screen for projecting news, updates and current matches. The stadium will be downsized to its current capacity after the tournament.

Host city: Al-Rayyan.

Construction status: Major renovation.

Matches planned: Group matches.

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Al-Wakrah stadium

Al-Wakrah is one of Qatar’s oldest cities, with a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving. Al-Wakrah stadium, with a capacity of 45,120, takes its cues from the sea that has played such an important role in the city’s history. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 25,500 seats.

Host city: Al-Wakrahl.

Construction status: to be built.

Matches planned: Group matches.

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Al-Shamal stadium

Al-Shamal stadium will have a capacity of 45,120, with a permanent lower tier of 25,500 seats and a modular upper tier of 19,620 seats. The stadiums shape is derived from the “dhow” fishing boat used in the Gulf. Spectators are expected to arrive from the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge and the new Metrorail.

Host city: Al-Shamal.

Construction status: to be built.

Matches planned: Group matches.

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Khalifa international stadium

Redesigned for Qatar’s successful hosting of the 2006 Asian Games, Khalifa International Stadium’s current capacity of 50,000 will be expanded to 68,030 for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium, which includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands, is the centerpiece of Aspire Zone, a sports complex that includes the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.

Host city: Al-Rayyan.

Construction status: major renovation.

Matches planned: Group matches, round of 16, quarter final and semifinal.

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