Qatar unveils designs for first World Cup stadium
New look for revamped Khalifa International Stadium unveiled in Riyadh ahead of Wednesday's Arabian Gulf Cup final between Saudi Arabia and Qatar
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the body responsible for building the stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, has unveiled new designs for the redeveloped Khalifa International Stadium.
The stadium, which will be the first of Qatar's World Cup projects to complete in 2016, is set to host group games, a round of 16 and a quarter final. It will have a capacity of 40,000 seats and will be cooled using technology allowing for a playing temperature on the field of 26 degrees.
The venue, which was initially built in 1976 and upgraded for the 2006 Asian games, is also being used to host the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships, which Qatar won the rights to host last week. New additions being made include a Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, new foodcourts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health centre withing new upper and lower concourses.
The stadium is currently being built by a joint venture between Six Construct and Midmac Contracting, with Dar Al Handasah responsible for designs and Projacs for project management. A huge steel arch that forms part of the stadium's roof has been delivered by Eversendai.
The new designs were unveiled at a ceremonial dinner held in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, last night, ahead of the tournament's final on Wednesday which is being contested by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
At the dinner, the Gulf Cooperaton Council's secretary-general, HE Abdullatif Al Zayani, said: “Having such a global tournament organised by a Gulf state will be a source of pride not only for the Gulf, but for all Arab countries as well. Hosting the FIFA World Cup is a legitimate right for this region, and the GCC will always stand by Qatar to safeguard this right and make the World Cup happen.”
Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “Unveiling the design of our third proposed World Cup host venue from Riyadh shows how much the World Cup is welcomed by all the countries and peoples of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, which has been supporting us since the early days of our bid. It also demonstrates our determination and firm commitment to deliver on an amazing tournament, creating a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Gulf States and the whole region.”