The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy organized a visit for the local and foreign press delegations to the Education City Stadium, a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadium, on the sidelines of their coverage of the TOTAL CAF Super Cup match between Esperance Sportive de Tunis and Zamalek SC of Egypt to be held in Doha this Friday.
A large number of various local media outlets as well as news agencies were present during the visit which introduced them to the advanced stages to finalize work in the stadium, which is almost ready and waiting its official opening date to be set that will often take place during a major football event.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy had also taken the local and foreign press delegations in an introductory tour of Al Bayt stadium located in the city of Al Khor, as part of its strategy to introduce Doha visitors to all the details related to the stadiums.
Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy's Education City Stadium Project Manager Eid Al Qahtani escorted the media on a tour to learn about the stadium's facilities and provide them with more information about the stadium.
The landscape around Education City Stadium is dotted with leading universities, where cutting-edge research is conducted and academics inspire their students to be at their best. This whole area, the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, buzzes with invention and a determination to make the FIFA World Cup 2022 a catalyst for social and human development.
Qatar Foundation students, faculty and staff will be able to use these facilities. For decades to come, Education City Stadium will be a symbol of innovation, sustainability and progress, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the goals of both Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
The Education City Stadium Project Manager confirmed that the stadium has been fully completed and that remaining minor work is scheduled to end at the end of the first quarter of this year, noting that the stadium has a capacity of 45,000 spectators, with advanced cooling system and all its facilities are now fully ready.
The stadium's most direct contribution to international development will come after it has hosted matches through to the quarter-finals stage of the tournament. The arena's capacity will be reduced by half and 20,000 seats will be donated to build stadiums in developing countries, helping cultivate a passion for the game around the globe. This reduction in capacity will also add to the intimate, inclusive feeling created by the venue's ultramodern curves, which will encircle fans and keep the atmosphere firmly in the arena.
The Education City Stadium has a design that draws on the rich history of Islamic architecture, blending it with striking modernity. The facade features triangles that form complex, diamond-esque geometrical patterns, appearing to change color with the sun's movement across the sky.
Like diamonds, the stadium's design represents quality, durability and resilience, and will become something to be treasured - both for the memories it holds and its future value to the country and region.
The form of this impressive arena will ensure that those memories are of epic football matches, fueled by fans' passion. The sides of the stadium will reach up and envelop the pitch - helping the advanced cooling system to operate, bringing people closer to the action and keeping fans' songs and cheers reverberating through the arena.
Education City Stadium's position in Education City has been carefully chosen with accessibility in mind, particularly for fans with disabilities. However they arrive, fans will only travel a short distance to their seats along shaded, tree-lined paths - giving them just enough time to enjoy a spectacular view of the venue.
The stadium's central location within the district means it will remain a focal point of the community long after the FIFA World Cup 2022 is over. Training pitches, and other sporting facilities radiate outwards from the stadium, all within easy reach of the local academic community.
Education City is the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, one of the key stakeholders of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. The Project Manager for the stadium is ASTAD Project Management, while FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects served as the lead designer. The Design and Build Contractor is JPAC JV, who appointed Pattern as the lead design architect and BuroHappold for engineering design.
All these organizations are focused on collaborating closely to create a truly inspiring stadium, with sustainability at its heart. Just like the diamonds that inspired its form, Education City Stadium will be treasured from generation to generation, an heirloom for an entire region.
Education City Stadium will grow up alongside neighbors who inspire it to become an example of sustainability to stadium developers worldwide. It will guide the way for others by using smart building systems, with an integrated water and energy control and monitoring system to manage real-time consumption. Environmentally aware design and construction practices will help reduce the stadium's carbon footprint - not only during construction but also throughout the stadium's lifetime.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has made huge contributions to green construction practices here. At least 55% of the materials used for the stadium project will come from sustainable sources and 28% of construction materials have recycled contents, minimizing the carbon footprint of the stadium. Across the precinct, drought-tolerant and native species of plants have been used in 75% of the landscaping.
Source: Qatar News Agency/Image: Road to 2022
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