To deliver the most memorable FIFA World
Cup™ of all time, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) needs to
make sure each of Qatar’s stadiums is unique, and ideally suited to hosting
top-class football with the world looking on.
We are still working on designs for three of our 2022 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums, taking time to ensure that they provide football fans with the best experience possible.
Around 15km north of Qatar’s capital, Doha, a 21st century city is taking shape. Lusail City will eventually become home to 200,000 people who will enjoy its parks, marinas, businesses, theme park and one of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ stadiums.
While the final design is still taking
shape, Lusail Stadium is scheduled to host the opening and closing ceremonies,
games throughout the tournament and the main event itself – the 2022 FIFA World
Fans will get to games via upgraded roads, the Doha Metro or the Lusail Light Rail Transit system – a suitably green method of transport for this city of the future.
Ras Abu Aboud
To the east of Doha’s city centre, a new
waterfront stadium will rise up in the Ras Abu Aboud area, looking out towards
the futuristic skyscrapers of the West Bay district.
The design of this arena has yet to be finalised, but it will hold at least 40,000 football fans and will feature – like all of our stadiums – a natural grass pitch, hospitality areas, and stadium air conditioning. Global architecture firm Populous, which has designed some of the most famous sporting venues in the world, is working on proposals for the stadium.
Legacy proposals include transforming the stadium site into a mixed-use urban neighbourhood after the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, providing housing for Qatar’s rapidly expanding population. How our stadiums benefit local people is just as important to us as the experience of football fans in 2022.
In Doha’s southern suburbs, in the Al
Thumama area, there are four football pitches run by Qatar Football Association. From these roots will grow a modern stadium holding at least 40,000
fans, which will host games through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals.
In common with all of our stadiums, it will use advanced cooling technologies
to maintain a comfortable temperature for players, fans and officials.
After the tournament has finished, there are plans to reduce the arena’s capacity to 20,000 – to result in a venue better suited to local needs. While plans have yet to be finalised, community engagement representatives from the SC have already met with local residents to discuss what they would like to the stadium’s long-term legacy to be.