Qatar to begin work on 2022 Lusail Stadium in 2016

Bidding has opened for work on the 2022 World Cup's largest venue, Lusail stadium

Lusail Stadium rendering, as submitted by Qatar during bid process.
Lusail Stadium rendering, as submitted by Qatar during bid process.

Bidding has opened on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Lusail stadium, which will host both the opening and the final matches of the tournament.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has requested that work begin this December, with a maximum bid price of QAR2.8bn ($769mn).

Last March, British architectural firm Foster + Partners won the design bid for the 80,000 capacity venue, which is the largest of the World Cup stadia.

Of the eight proposed World Cup stadiums, Lusail and two other locations are in the very preliminary stages, while the five others are currently under construction and all are supposed to be completed by 2020.

Work is already underway on venues in Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Khalifa Stadium in Al Waab, Education City and Al Rayyan.

While initial renderings for the Lusail stadium design were released at the time of the bid submission to host the World Cup, and the design concept had been approved, the actual design has not yet been finalised.

The SC said the final design from Foster + Partners would not be revealed until 2016.

The supreme committee said it had worked with the designers “hand-in-hand to capture a sense of local and regional architecture, reflecting the aesthetics of Qatar”.

Preparatory work, including soil and water testing, as well as installing on-site offices and 5km of hoarding, was completed on the Lusail Stadium site last year.

Last December, the SC unveiled details of what are likely to be the tournament’s remaining two stadiums, Ras Abu Aboud, near Hamad International Airport, and in Al Thumama, which is located west of Najma St between E-Ring and F-Ring roads.

According to architects, the Ras Abu Aboud site will be redeveloped into a new “urban neighbourhood” after the tournament, facing out toward West Bay.

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