he stadiums built ahead of the Qatar World Cup in 2022 should be functional above being structurally impressive, it has been claimed.
Speaking at the recent MEED Qatar Projects 2012 Conference in Doha, Ben Veenbring, special operations consultant at specialist advisers Stadium Consultancy, said that iconic designs are a secondary priority.
“Draft the business plan and then build the stadium,” he said adding that the stadiums must be functional to avoid the fate of those built in Greece and South Africa, which were left empty and unused once all the football fans had gone back to their home countries.
“The basic design should be flexible enough to cater for the possibility to implement the event overlay, and a good architect will be able to do that for you,” he added.
However, attendees at the conference were quick to point out that this does not mean the stadiums do not need to be visually impressive, as they need to act as a lire for people to watch the games live rather than stay at home and watch on the TV.
By the time the first match of the 2022 World Cup kicks off, a total of nine new stadiums will have been built in Qatar, with a further three stadiums being refurbished.
According to MEED, architects in charge of developing the stadiums should aim to create something with the wow factor but which can also be utilised for smaller events such as conferences and concerts to ensure that they don’t turn into vast unused spaces.
One factor which may be a priority for those designing the stadiums is cooling facilities as the temperatures in Qatar will be too hot for many international footballers.
Air conditioned stadiums have been promised as part of the 2020 Olympic Games bid and could prove useful at the World Cup.
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