Foster + Partners is among the several international practices who will now complete stadium projects in Qatar following the FIFA’s decision to award the country the 2022 World Cup
FIFA’s executive committee this afternoon (2 December) chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup, sidelining England and the joint bids of Netherlands with Belgium and Spain with Portugal. It also announced that Qatar will host the cup in 2022.
Foster + Partners is now set to go-ahead with 86,250-spectator Lusail Iconic Stadium scheme in Doha. The design features a water-filled moat with six bridges providing access to a concave-roofed stadium.
Qatar’s World Cup bid included 12 stadiums, nine to be built from scratch while the Al Rayyan, Al Gharafa and Khalifa stadiums projects were refubishments.
Venues now set to be built include Reid Fenwick Associates’ 45,350-seat Education City project and MEIS Architects’ Sports City arena, with capacity for 47,560.
German practice Albert Speer & Partner designed concepts for the Umm Salal Stadium (45,120 capacity), Qatar University Stadium (43,520), Al Shamal Stadium (45,120), Doha Port Stadium (44,950), Al Wakrah Stadium (45,120) and Al Khor Stadium (45,330).
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: ‘We go to new lands. Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world have been waiting for a long time so I’m a happy president when we talk about the development of football.’
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar added: ‘Thank you for backing us and expanding the game. You will be proud of us and you will be proud of the Middle East.’