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Khalifa International Stadium to feature tensile roofing system

FIFA World Cup 2022™ host venue, Khalifa International Stadium, is to feature Birdair’s PTFE Membrane, ETFE Film and Tensotherm™.

Based on its wealth of experience, including expertise using world-class products, Taiyo Middle East, a Birdair subsidiary, was selected to provide the design, fabrication, supply and installation of the membrane roofing system for the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

With Projacs serving as the project manager, and Dar Al-Handasah as the design consultant, the renovated stadium will have a unique, modern design and aesthetic, containing a combination of three major product lines for the roof system: PTFE fibreglass membrane, single ETFE film and Tensotherm™, a translucent insulated tensioned membrane system. Birdair will provide the design, fabrication and supply of all three membranes.

The majority of the roof system will feature approximately 500,000sqft of PTFE fibreglass membrane. An approximate 35,000sqft portion of the south leading edge of the roof will utilise a single-layered ETFE film supported by a cable net. Lastly, another portion located on the lower edges near the compression ring will incorporate Birdair’s Tensotherm system in order to provide thermal performance. The installation of all three membrane systems will be performed by Birdair’s subsidiary, Taiyo Middle East, located in Dubai. (Taiyo Kogyo Corporation was an exhibitor at our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event, which will again return to the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30.)

About Khalifa International Stadium

The Aspire Zone Foundation, a stakeholder of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), is leading the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium, which will feature 40,000 seats for spectators in 2022, along with a number of upgraded facilities.

The sweeping arc and undulating roof of Khalifa International Stadium are visible from afar, providing a striking introduction to the Aspire Zone. Named after the former Emir, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, Khalifa International Stadium forms an integral part of the vast sporting facility. Located approximately 14km from the centre of Doha, the Aspire Zone is the home to Aspire Academy, which is training many of the young players who are expected to form the backbone of Qatar’s 2022 squad. Aspetar, a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence credited with helping top footballers from around the world recover from injuries, is there too, as are numerous other world-class sporting facilities.

The stadium will be the host venue for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships and for FIFA World Cup 2022™ matches.

The cooling technologies being installed at the venue will guarantee a comfortable fan experience and ideal conditions for players and match officials.

New facilities at the stadium will include the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, which will celebrate Qatar’s culture of sport and the global sports heritage represented by the Olympic Games. The museum, one of 22 members of the Olympic Museum Network, will feature interactive exhibits alongside historical objects, guaranteeing a wide audience and further cementing Qatar’s position as a centre of sporting excellence in the Middle East.

The renovation of Khalifa International Stadium is being undertaken in part to take advantage of green technologies that have blossomed in the years since the stadium was built. To ensure that Qatar achieves its goal of hosting an environmentally-friendly FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment Systems (GSAS) certification. Underscoring Qatar’s commitment to sustainability, fans will have the option of taking the brand new metro to matches. Sports City station, located directly adjacent to the stadium, will prove crucial in reducing the tournament’s carbon footprint.