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Al Wakrah Stadium ready for action – video

The newly-built Al Wakrah Stadium – a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament venue – will be inaugurated next month when it hosts the 2019 Amir Cup final.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for Qatar 2022, jointly announced that the 40,000-capacity venue would host the final.

Prior to the match on Thursday 16 May, a stadium inauguration ceremony will take place before the game kicks off at 10:30 PM. Watch a video of the new stadium here.

Al Wakrah Stadium is the second Qatar 2022 venue to be delivered by the SC following the successful redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium, which was inaugurated in 2017 when it hosted that year’s Amir Cup final between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan.

Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, the QFA’s director of marketing & communications, said Al Wakrah Stadium would provide a fitting stage for Qatari football’s showpiece competition. He said:

We are honoured that one of Qatar’s World Cup venues will host this year’s Amir Cup final. The 2017 Amir Cup final at Khalifa International Stadium was a magnificent occasion and we are sure this year’s final will be just as memorable.

All our top clubs will be desperate to make the final and be one of the first teams to play on Al Wakrah’s freshly laid turf. And we are sure fans of all teams will be excited to join us on this auspicious occasion.

Thani Khalifa Al Zarraa, the SC’s Al Wakrah Stadium project manager, described the upcoming inauguration as a major milestone as Qatar continues preparations for the FIFA World Cup. He said:

The launch of Al Wakrah Stadium is a significant step on the road to 2022. Its innovative and futuristic design means it is set to be one of the iconic venues during the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world. We hope thousands of football fans across the country will join us for this landmark occasion as we celebrate the progress we have made to-date and look forward to 2022 with renewed excitement.

Al Wakrah Stadium will significantly boost the local community. During the design and execution phases, we met people from Al Wakrah in order to include their requirements in the project. We appreciate the contribution of everyone who took part in this project.

The stadium was designed by Zaha Hadid and AECOM Architects. It has a fully retractable roof, meaning it can be used all-year-round. It also features innovative cooling technology for the benefit of supporters and players. The technology is capable of cooling the spectator areas to 18°C and the field of play to 20°C.

After the World Cup, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 20,000 thanks to its modular construction, with the excess seats being donated to sporting projects overseas. The stadium will also become the home of popular Qatar Stars League side Al Wakrah Sports Club.

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