The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have announced the seventh proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. The seventh proposed stadium will bring the ‘design for legacy’ concept onto the world stage as one of the first stadiums ever designed from the beginning with the ability to transform into a successful and dynamic mixed use urban neighbourhood after the tournament.
The Design Consultant for the venue, which will be located in Ras Abu Aboud – an exceptional waterfront location visible from West Bay – is global architecture firm Populous.
The 40,000-seat venue was the seventh proposed host venue for the World Cup to be announced and it will host matches up to the quarter finals. The 450,000sqm site where the stadium will be located will include 6,000 car parking spaces during the tournament and 2,000 in legacy mode.
Speaking to www.sc.qa, Ghanim Al Kuwari, SC Competition Venues Executive Director, talked about the important role the stadium will play in the development of the Doha skyline and waterfront. He said:
All our planning for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar keeps in mind the legacy use of the stadiums after the tournament has finished. This design aims to create a unique and memorable addition to the cityscape. With this project we want to achieve a successful conversion from a sports venue into an appealing non‐sport legacy concept.
Meanwhile, Christopher Lee, Senior Principal, Populous, said:
We have a long-standing tradition of designing venues with a genuine legacy, including the London, Sydney and Sochi Olympic Stadiums. The SC challenged us to go further again and the design for the venue at Ras bu Aboud is going to be a game-changer. We are creating a whole new neighbourhood in a fantastic waterfront location overlooking West Bay and, at the same time, an incredible world-class stadium for 40,000 fans.
Chuck Baldwin, Project Director, TiME Qatar, the project management company for the stadium, concluded:
It is exciting to work as a partner with SC on such a high profile programme, and particularly on a stadium which creates a new model for design and legacy use. We all want to help make the World Cup in Qatar a great event.