The design of the new Al Khor Stadium and precinct — a proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar — was unveiled by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the Aspire Zone Foundation in Qatar yesterday.
The name and design for the new 60,000-seat stadium and precinct in Al Khor was announced at a press conference held at Al Khor Sports Club. The stadium and surrounding precinct will now officially be known as Al Bayt, Al Khor City. The unveiling of the new name and design was marked by an event for the local community that focused on the future vision of Al Khor for the local residents and the neighbouring communities.
Initial works are already underway on the new stadium, which is a proposed semi-final venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and has an expected completion date of 2018.
The stadium design is an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting Qatar’s proud history and culture. The modular design includes an upper tier of removable seats that will be removed post-tournament, reducing the stadium’s capacity to 32,000 seats. In consultation with FIFA and the global football community, the removed seats will be reconfigured and donated to other countries to leave a legacy for international football development.
Retail spaces and restaurants will sit alongside landscaped paths for use by local residents and there will be dedicated women-only facilities within the complex. In compliance with the Supreme Committee’s aims to host a sustainable FIFA World Cup, Al Bayt stadium and precinct will also incorporate best-practice examples of energy-efficiency and green building materials, with renewable energy being utilised to power the venue.
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee, said:
The launch of Al Bayt stadium and precinct will honour Qatar’s past, while fully embracing the country’s global future. The launch of the design for our second proposed stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is another milestone of progress, demonstrating our deep commitment to delivering an amazing experience in 2022 and beyond.