Qatar unveils designs for third World Cup stadium

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.

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