World Cup stadium at Education City aims for ‘lasting legacy’

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The Education City Stadium, one of the host venues for  the  2022 FIFA World Cup, will have classrooms, offices, conference rooms and health clubs in addition to sporting facilities, reports Qatar Foundation’s monthly magazine.

The  stadium will host local and regional sport league tournaments and training facilities, the magazine, called Foundation, said. It will also serve as a centre for community events.

Eid al-Qahtani, project manager, Capital Projects Directorate, said it would be a project that all of “Qatar can be proud of, both during and after the 2022 FIFA World Cup”.

He said: “It is a development that Qatar Foundation is extremely proud to be undertaking and leading.

“The stadium at Education City will be visionary in its role as a proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and future sporting events. From the very first stages of project planning, the stadium and surrounding complex have been designed with the very highest standards of sustainability in mind, both in an environmental and community sense.”

It is expected that when the project is completed, it will be at the heart of all sports and health and wellness activities within Education City, ensuring a lasting legacy for Qatar.

“It will be a highly visible, living example of sustainability in action for everybody who lives, works and studies at Education City and beyond, and our vision for it is to inspire people not just to great sporting achievement but to live healthier and more sustainable lives,” said al-Qahtani.

The Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond, glittering by day and glowing by night. The 45,350-seat stadium will be located in the midst of several university campuses at Education City. Following the World Cup, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats for use by university athletic teams.

Ali bin Nasser al- Khalifa, chief executive officer, ASTAD Project Management and a founding member of Qatar Green Building Council  (QGBC), said that the 2022 FIFA World Cup represented “an opportunity to provide a long-term legacy within the built environment, the sporting community and the general population of the country”.

He said: “This project has been built on solid sustainability principles. In line with QF’s vision, it aims to enhance people’s lives. As a sports facility, it also promotes health in the Education City community. This will contribute to a healthier society and a healthier Qatar.”

He also observed that the stadium would look into all environmental aspects.  “Throughout the design and construction processes, the environmental impacts of the project in all areas are being carefully evaluated. At the same time, we are optimising the consumption of energy, water, and materials. The management of these important resources has been embedded into the design to optimise usage throughout the project life cycle.”

It is hoped that the Education City stadium would achieve Gold LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. All environmental data will be collected and displayed through an accessible green kiosk system, detailing the energy use and water consumption of stadium buildings and users with the aim of driving behavioural change.

Hamoda Youssef, research specialist, QGBC, said: “The  Education City Stadium is an example of how a sporting venue can be integrated into a wider master plan, of a complete operational, efficient, living building that can influence other projects in Qatar, and in other countries.”