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Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos reveals stadium for final match at Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup

Spanish architecture firm Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos has revealed the design for a stadium planned to host the final match for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Morocco, if North African country wins the country bid.

The stadium has the capacity to host 80,000 spectators, with the roof structure playing a key role in defining the overall design of the sports venue.

“The challenge of covering a stadium of these dimensions becomes an opportunity to make the roof the element that defines the image of the building. A large self-supporting roof of cables and tensioned membranes is proposed, which do not need other auxiliary elements and of which weight is lower than other types of solutions,” the architects said.

“The bowl of spectators is buried 15 meters, and is surrounded by a topography that organizes the accesses in different levels according to the type of spectator.”

Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos has recently inaugurated the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, and is currently working on the design of the Dalian Yifan Football Club stadium in China, as well as another sports project in Switzerland.

designMENA has compiled a list of eight well-designed stadiums in the Middle East, including the King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia, and the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the UAE.