The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) continues its work in building stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup at a pace that precedes the established timetables. On Thursday, SC announced the completion of the third tournament-ready venue, which is located in Education City, while Al Bayt and Al Rayyan stadiums will be opened later this year, and the three remaining stadiums will be opened before the start of the tournament on November 21, 2022.
The Khalifa International Stadium is the first World Cup stadium ready after undergoing a comprehensive renovation process completed in 2017. In May 2019, Al Janoub Stadium hosted HH the Amir Cup final, thus becoming the first stadium to be fully constructed specifically to host the World Cup. The redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium was completed on May 19, 2017, when it hosted HH the Amir Cup final, as well as the 2019 World Athletics Championships, the 24 Arabian Gulf Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019. The stadium hosted many major sporting events, including the Asian Cup, the 2006 Asian Games, and the FIFA World Youth Championship Qatar 1995.
Al Janoub Stadium, which was completed on May 16, 2019, hosted HH the Amir Cup final in 2019 and several matches in the 24 Arabian Gulf Cup. As for Al Rayyan Stadium, the stadium is more than 90 percent complete, with the stands in place and roof stabilization finished. The seats are now being installed and its distinctive faade, which weaves together symbols representing Qatar, is now in place. Work has also begun on the pitch area.
Regarding Al Bayt Stadium, the 60,000 seats for fans are almost all installed. The stadium's inner architecture is at the final stages and the tunnels that players will emerge from in 2022 are ready. Outside the stadium, grass and trees have been planted throughout the precinct. Lakes and water features have also been created. The dates of the inspection visits were determined by the competent state agencies of the stadium, the energy center, and the area surrounding the Al Bayt Stadium Park. Testing and operation of the stadium building and the energy center are continuing, and electromechanical and plumbing works are nearing completion.
Concerning Lusail Stadium, the upper pitch structure and prefab concrete terraces units in the crowd areas and the steel roof ring are completed with the removal of temporary roof beams. Electromechanical works are completed by 52 percent, external works around the stadium and infrastructure services by 45 percent, finishing works inside and outside the building by 40 percent, and grass preparation work for the stadium by 21 percent. The production and installation of the golden facade are completed by 21 percent, and the process of installing fans' seats was started.
At Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, excavations are complete and the venue's foundations are complete. Work on drainage networks and other utilities are progressing well. In the meantime, the shipping containers that will become the arena's "building blocks" and the steel elements that will become the frame have been delivered to the site, and installation has commenced. About Al Thumama Stadium, the stadium's concrete frame is now finished. Work on the upper-tier stands and the roof columns is complete.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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