Qatar has revealed the design for Lusail Stadium, the venue at which the opening and final games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ will take place.
The 80,000-capacity venue will be the largest stadium during the tournament, which will kick off on November 21, 2022 and be the first to take place in the Arab world.
The venue’s golden vessel takes its inspiration from an Arab architectural sense as much as it does from literal symbolism by celebrating the region’s ancient tradition of craftsmanship. The design features ‘fanar’ lanterns and intricately detailed bowls that have been created for centuries in the region.
Located 15km north of central Doha, Lusail Stadium will form the centerpiece of the new ultra-modern Lusail City, the construction of which is 90% completed.
As well as being situated in the heart of the city of the future, the area holds significant cultural and historical significance for the country, as it was once the home of the founder of modern Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani.
Renowned British firm Foster + Partners provided the design concept for the stadium, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said.
Construction of the stadium, which is being delivered by a joint venture comprising Qatari firm HBK Contracting Company and China Railway Construction Corporation, is already well underway. With the substructure complete, concrete superstructure and infrastructure works are progressing in all zones, while internal works have commenced in the west stand. Construction of the stadium is set to be completed in 2020.
This is the eighth stadium design to be unveiled by the SC, which is responsible for delivering the infrastructure and host country planning required for 2022 and ensuring it leaves a lasting legacy for Qatar, the region and the world. Khalifa International Stadium became the first tournament-ready venue in 2017, while two more stadiums will be completed early next year – Al Wakrah Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City.
Commenting on the design launch, SC Secretary General, Hassan Al Thawadi, said: “With the reveal of the iconic Lusail Stadium design, today marks another significant milestone on the road to 2022. It has now been eight years since we won the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and we told the world to expect amazing. With this stunning design of our showpiece stadium, I am proud today to once again be delivering on that promise."
Al Thawadi continued: “The new stadium is a nod to our past and a symbol of an exciting future. On the very same land as the home of our nation’s founder, it sits at the heart of a brand new city. It’s a city for the future, and once the World Cup is over it will form a crucial part of the legacy of the tournament as it transforms to become the heart of a brand new community. We hope that one day, future generations look at Lusail Stadium as a source of inspiration, perseverance and innovation that enabled the transformation of Lusail into the modern city it is.”
Al Thawadi added: “I look forward to many more iconic milestones over the coming four years as we continue our journey towards the first World Cup in the Arab world.”
Hilal Al Kuwari, Chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office, said: “Unveiling the design of Lusail Stadium is another step on our journey to hosting an unforgettable World Cup in 2022. We are currently in the peak construction phase and making incredible progress in collaboration with our partners and stakeholders. We look forward to celebrating more milestones in 2019 and beyond.”
Yasir Al Jamal, Vice Chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office, said: “As with each of our other seven proposed venues, Lusail Stadium will be a world-class arena, fit to host the most important and widely-watched game in world sport. I am delighted to report that work is already underway at the site, and significant progress has been made – with all building works on course to be completed by 2020. We look forward to welcoming the world here in 2022.”
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, who attended the launch, added: “I am delighted to see Qatar’s continued commitment to excellence in the spectacular Lusail Stadium. Qatar’s stadiums are among the most eye-catching ever seen and the venue proposed for the final is absolutely gorgeous. I particularly enjoy the fact that Middle Eastern culture is reflected in Lusail’s and several other designs, and look forward to seeing football fans from all over the world discover the culture and history of the region.”
After the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lusail Stadium will be transformed into a community space, including schools, shops, cafés, sports facilities and health clinics. This multi-purpose community hub will allow people to find everything they need under one roof – the original roof of the football stadium.
To make way for these new amenities, many of the stadium’s modular seats will be removed and donated to sporting projects, taking this arena’s extraordinary legacy – and a little bit of FIFA World Cup history – to locations around the world.
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