Qatar to demolish stadium for World Cup
Al Rayyan Stadium will be pulled down and rebuilt at twice the size
Qatar will demolish an existing stadium and rebuild it with twice the capacity for the football World Cup in 2022, organisers have said.
The Gulf state had said it would add a temporary additional tier on top of Al Rayyan Stadium to increase its capacity from 22,000 to more than 40,000.
Doha News said the temporary tier is likely to still go ahead, and later be donated to help built a stadium in a developing country, but the original seating area would be replaced.
Qatar is building or renovating eight stadiums to host the international tournament. It had said it would have 12 when it won the bid in 2010.
They are planned to have state-of-the-art cooling technology to help reduce the impact of scorching temperatures common in Qatar during June and July. Although world football governing body FIFA is yet to determine whether the 2022 World Cup will be moved to winter.
Manco International General Contracting has been contracted to redevelop the Al Rayyan Stadium.
The Supreme Committee in charge of overseeing the country’s World Cup preparations said Manco would reuse 90 percent of the deconstruction waste.
The stadium is expected to be completed by 2019.