Qatar unveils third World Cup stadium
The body responsible for building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar has unveiled the design for renovation of the Khalifa International Stadium, the third proposed host venue.
A joint venture between Midmac Contracting and a subsidiary of the Belgian Besix Group, Six Construct, is overseeing the main construction work on the stadium. Dar Al Handasah and Projacs are the design consultant and project manager respectively.
The design has been published by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the Aspire Zone Foundation. The redevelopment includes revamping the venue to include a seating capacity of 40,000 during the tournament to be compliant with FIFA’s stadium requirements.
Additionally, cooling technology will be incorporated to ensure an optimal playing temperature of 26°C and provide a comfortable viewing environment. The new technology was tested at an open-air fan zone set up in Doha during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The fan zones brought the temperature down by 12°C and were tried by more than 15,000 people.
Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976 and renovated for the Asian Games in 2006.
It will undergo a comprehensive renovation, which will include adding a new building to the east wing, and building a single roof to cover the whole seating area.
In addition, the stadium will include a museum to house historic sport collections and interactive exhibits.