The 2022 Qatar World Cup has begun. In order to prepare for the World Cup, Qatar spent a lot of money to build eight distinctive stadiums, including six new stadiums and two renovated stadiums.
Russell Stadium | It can accommodate 80000 people and be opened in 2022
This is the latest and largest of the eight stadiums in the current Qatar World Cup. From the group matches to the finals, there are competitions held here at each stage.
Lucille Stadium is located in Lucille New City, 15km north of Doha, the capital, and is constructed by China Railway Construction Corporation. This project started in 2017 and will be formally completed by the end of 2021. The whole project is expected to cost US $767 million.
The shape of the Russell Stadium is similar to a huge gold bowl, and the facade is divided by a triangular grid, which is inspired by Islamic date bowls and enamel lanterns.
In September this year, Riyadh Crescent, the Saudi League champion, and Zamarek, the Egyptian League champion, played a game of the Russell Super Cup here. At that time, more than 70000 fans came to the scene to witness the debut of the Russell Stadium.
After the World Cup, the stadium will be transformed into a multi-functional community, with schools, shops, cafes, sports facilities and health clinics under planning.
974 Stadium | 40000 people can be accommodated
Why is it called the 974 Stadium? Because the stadium is composed of 974 containers, and 974 is also the international area code of Qatar. From the outside, the stadium looks like a huge Lego building block of various colors. As it is close to the sea, the sea breeze will also help alleviate the heat in the stadium to a certain extent.
This World Cup will host 5 group matches and 1 1/8 final. It is worth mentioning that this is the first fully removable stadium in the history of the World Cup. As a temporary stadium, it will be demolished after the World Cup and transformed into a green area.
Gulf Stadium | It can accommodate 60000 people and be opened in 2021
The Gulf Stadium is located in Hall, Qatar, 46 kilometers from the center of Doha, and was completed in 2019. At the end of last year, the stadium hosted five matches of the 2021 Arab Cup, including the opening match and the final match. As the second largest stadium in the World Cup, the Gulf Stadium will host eight matches, including the opening ceremony and the opening game.
The design of the Gulf Stadium is inspired by the traditional tents used by nomads in the Gulf region. The innovative cooling system is set inside, which can reduce the internal temperature of the stadium with the sun shading roof.
In 2020, this stadium won the five-star certification of the “Global Sustainable Development Assessment System”, becoming the second stadium to win the certification of the Qatar World Cup after the Education City Sports.
After the World Cup, the superstructure of the stadium will be demolished and transformed into a five-star hotel. In addition, the shopping center, restaurant, gym and other facilities will also be rebuilt in the stadium.
Atumama Stadium | It can accommodate 40000 people and will be opened in 2021
Atumama Stadium is located in the southwest of Doha, and its design inspiration comes from the white knitted hat “Gahfiya”, which is often worn by men in the Middle East. The exterior wall is covered by nearly 25000 square meters of perforated panels, which are snow-white with rich lace like decoration. The roof of the venue is a cable structure covered with white film.
The 2021 Qatar Emirates Cup is the first game hosted by this stadium. This World Cup will host five group matches, one 1/8 final and one 1/4 final.
After the Qatar World Cup, part of the roof structure of the Atumama Stadium will be removed, and the capacity will be reduced to 20000 people. After that, a sports clinic and a boutique hotel with 60 rooms will be built here.
Arjanub Stadium | It can accommodate 40000 people and be opened in 2019
The design of the Aljanub Stadium is inspired by the sails of the Qatar dhow, a traditional Qatari fishing boat. The streamline white outline of the court is similar to the sail driven by the wind. The inside of the roof is made of a lot of engineering wood, which is very similar to the hull of a sloop.
Among the stadiums newly built for the Qatar World Cup, the Ajanub Stadium is among the oldest. In May 2019, Al Sad’s Qatar Emirates Cup against Duhale kicked off the stadium. Aljanub Stadium also hosted the final of the Asian Championship in 2020 and the 2021 Arab Cup.
This World Cup will host 5 group matches and 1 1/8 final. Defending champion France will start the chapter of defending the championship in this stadium.
Ahmed Ben Ali Stadium | It can accommodate 40000 people and be opened in 2020
The stadium was built on the original site of the Old Ahmed Ben Ali Stadium. The old stadium was demolished in 2015 and officially completed five years later. On December 18, 2020, the new Ahmed Ben Ali Stadium was officially put into use, and the day happened to be the National Day of Qatar.
The most distinctive element of this stadium is the 39000 square meter lighting exterior wall, which is composed of multimedia screens covered by translucent metal screens. The appearance of the exterior wall draws typical elements of Qatari architecture.
Topics appearing on the multimedia screen include: family values, the beauty of the desert, local animals and plants, and import and export trade.
This World Cup will host 5 group matches and 1 1/8 final. After the World Cup, it will become the new home of Alayan. The area around the stadium is planned to be transformed into six football fields, cricket courts and horse riding fields for local residents.
Education City Stadium | It can accommodate 40000 people and be opened in 2020
The Education City Stadium is located in Doha University City, 15 kilometers away from the downtown of Doha.
More than 650000 cubic meters of desert soil were cleared before the official construction of the stadium. The roof of the stadium is covered by metal plates, and the whole structure is arranged in a diamond shape. The facade is decorated with 5200 triangles, which are connected to each other in a diamond like shape. They will change color with the sun, so they are called “diamonds in the desert”.
When the stadium is not in use, power from photovoltaic panels will be supplied to nearby sports, education and medical facilities. Near this course, there is also a swimming pool, a surfing hall, a golf course and a medical center.
In May 2019, the Education City Stadium became the first stadium in Qatar to win the five-star rating of the “Global Sustainable Development Assessment System”. This stadium has hosted Qatar domestic league, World Club Cup, Asian Championship and Arab Cup. In 2020, Bayern Munich won the second World Club Cup championship here.
In this World Cup, the Education City Stadium will host five group matches, one 1/8 final and one 1/4 final.
Khalifa International Stadium | It can accommodate 40000 people and was opened in 1976
This is the oldest of the eight stadiums in this World Cup, and it is also the traditional home of the Qatar national team. The Khalifa International Stadium was completed in 1976 and named after Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former chief of Qatar.
The stadium has undergone many renovations and expansion, from the initial capacity of 20000 people to the current 40000 people.
This World Cup will host 6 group matches, 1 1/8 final and 1 3/4 final. The two matches of Japan’s group match against Germany and Spain will be held here. Japan once left a good memory on this field – in the 2011 Asian Cup, Japan beat Australia 1-0 to win the championship at the Khalifa International Stadium.
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