Designs for the third stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been revealed
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The scheme designed by multinational consultancy Dar Al-Handasah, which has a base in London and includes US architects Perkins+Will among its group members, will revamp Doha’s existing Khalifa International Stadium to create a 40,000-seat venue.
The stadium was originally built in 1976 and underwent restoration for the Asian Games in 2006.
As part of the plans a new building will be added to the east and a roof will be built to cover the whole seating area.
The scheme also includes a new sports museum, food courts, shops, and a health centre.
Hilal Jeham Al Kuwari, president of Aspire Zone Foundation, which is supervising the renovation project, said: ‘Khalifa International Stadium has been always pivotal to the sporting scene in Qatar, having hosted several international tournaments and friendly matches. The aim of the renovation is not only to refurbish the stadium to fulfill the FIFA requirements, but to enhance it with new features as well. In this way, we will be able to keep the stadium sustainable for a longer time and ensure that it will remain a global sports hub as well as a focal point for the local community.’
Concerns had previously been raised about whether the tournament could actually go-ahead in the country, and earlier this month UEFA president Michel Platini told BBC Sport the 2022 Qatar World Cup should be played in winter.
However this stadium redevelopment is set to use an innovative cooling techniques, which the organisers have said will ‘ensure an optimal playing temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and provide a comfortable viewing environment for fans and players’.
This is the third of Qatar’s five planned World Cup Stadium’s to be revealed. Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to design a 40,000-seat stadium at Al-Wakrah and Dar Al-Handasah is working on another 60,000-seat venue at Al Khor City.
Design consultant Dar Al-Handasah
Client Aspire Zone Foundation
Project manager Projacs
Main contractor Midmac Contracting and Six Construct