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Construction of Al Rayyan Stadium stand begins

Construction work on Qatar’s Al Rayyan Stadium took another step forward this week with first concrete poured for the West stand five weeks ahead of schedule.

The venue is scheduled to host matches through to the quarter-finals for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Over 100,000 m3 of concrete and 6,700 tonnes of structural steel will be used during this phase of the project.

The area surrounding the Stadium has also seen major progress in recent weeks with the completion of excavation for the metro by Qatar Rail.

Works on the road connecting the stadium with the nearby mall and other services surrounding the precinct are also nearing completion.

The main contractor for Al Rayyan Stadium is a Joint Venture Company of a local company Al-Balagh Trading & Contracting Company and Indian construction company Larsen & Toubro.

The 40,000 venue will be reduced to 21,000 seats after the tournament for legacy use. The top tier will be dismantled and donated to developing football nations.

Approximately 1.75 million man-hours without lost time incidents (LTI) have been completed on site.

Engineer Youssif Al-Musleh, Competition Venues Deputy Executive Director at the Technical Delivery Office of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), highlighted the importance of reaching this milestone at Al Rayyan Stadium:

Following the recent completion of the training sites for the team, the concrete pouring today is another significant step forward towards the completion of the stadium by 2019.

Al Rayyan’s sporting heritage and Qatar’s environment is reflected in the design of the stadium.

The stadium’s façade will feature a multitude of local patterns and designs, which draw on Qatari culture. Featuring an innovative exterior design, it also aims to create a sense of place unique to Al Rayyan in particular, and more generally to the culture of Qatar and the Middle East. Most of the hospitality and service areas will be located outside the stadium in dune-like structures, which resemble the sand dunes that surround desert tents.

Sustainability is at the heart of the design, beginning with the deconstruction of the old stadium, with 90% of the materials resulting from the deconstruction being re-used. Some of the materials will be used by local and international artists to create works of public art which reflect the history of Al Rayyan Sports Club.

The local community was consulted about the design and legacy of this project with the SC making eight majlis visits in the area.

The venue will serve in legacy as a hub for the local community, with the area surrounding the stadium including retail, and aquatics centre, walkways and a wedding hall.