Al Wakrah stadium 

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is delivering a new stadium in Al Wakrah that will be capable of hosting group stage, round of 16 and quarterfinal matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. 

40,000

OVERVIEW

Located approximately 15 kilometres south of Doha, Al Wakrah and the surrounding areas are among the oldest continuously inhabited areas in Qatar. Taking the dhow boats that carried generations of Qatari fishermen and pearl divers as inspiration, the design of Al Wakrah Stadium and the surrounding precinct weaves together the city’s cultural heritage with Qatar’s progressive outlook, as defined in the  Qatar National Vision 2030. In addition to the stadium and precinct, Al Wakrah’s seafaring identity will be incorporated into the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ fan experience. 

A natural grass pitch cooled to a temperature not exceeding 26 degrees Celsius will ensure that brilliant football is played. Spectator stands will be cooled to a supremely comfortable 24-28 degrees Celsius. AECOM were appointed to design Al Wakrah Stadium in association with Zaha Hadid Architects. AECOM serves as the Design Consultant on the project, while KEO International Consultants is the Project Manager.

SustainabLE

In support of the SC’s commitment to host a carbon neutral FIFA World Cup™, Al Wakrah Stadium’s carbon footprint has been considered from an early stage. The stadium’s structure has been designed to minimise the amount of materials required for construction, and the embodied carbon of these materials taken into account. The stadium and precinct buildings have all been designed with systems that incorporate energy usage best practices, minimising natural resource demand before, during and after the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. To reduce cooling requirements, state-of-the-art computer modelling techniques are being applied to optimise the structural and architectural design. Furthermore, renewable energy will be generated within the precinct, making a significant contribution to the energy required to operate various mechanical and electrical systems within Al Wakrah Stadium.

To ensure that the SC’s sustainability requirements are met, Al Wakrah Stadium is targeting Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) 4 Star certification, and has already received a provisional letter of conformance for the stadium’s design.

LEGACY

From day one, the SC has committed to creating a lasting legacy for Qatar and the world. 

Following the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, Al Wakrah Stadium’s modular, 20,000-seat upper tier will be disassembled and distributed to developing nations that lack sporting infrastructure. 

The remaining 20,000-seat stadium will become the new home of Al Wakrah Sports Club, whose football team’s kit has been donned by the likes of Qatari football legend Mansoor Muftah and French international player Frank Leboeuf. On days when matches are not taking place, the stadium facilities will serve as a social hub, offering a shaded and cooled promenade and seating areas for residents and visitors. Office space in the stadium will provide a home for various sporting organisations and committees.

The precinct surrounding Al Wakrah Stadium will also serve to strengthen the bonds of community in Al Wakrah. Pleasant, pedestrian-friendly outdoor spaces, schools, a wedding hall and a multipurpose indoor arena, amongst other attractions, will serve as gathering points for Al Wakrah’s residents, enriching life in the city and providing ample space for work and play. The precinct’s abundant new retail space will cater to entrepreneurs and owners of small and medium enterprises, fostering sustainable growth and contributing to the diversification of Qatar’s economy, in line with the QNV 2030. The new metro system and other public transportation options will ensure easy access to the precinct – for fans during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ and for the people of Al Wakrah for generations to come.