Venue will hold 40,000 and be completed in 2020
Qatar has unveiled plans for the latest stadium it is building to hold the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
The stadium in the residential suburb of Doha, Qatar’s capital city, has been designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah, who also designed Qatar’s Museum’s Fire Station gallery and Doha’s new Ministry of Interior building.
The Al Thumama Stadium is being built by Qatar’s AlJaber Engineering and Turkey’s largest construction company Tekfen Construction. Enabling works have already been completed at the site.
The 40,000-capacity white bowl design stadium is due to completed in 2020 and will hold group stage games as well as quarter final matches.
It will feature demountable modular seating sections which will be removed following the World Cup, decreasing the capacity of the stadium to 20,000. These seating sections will then be donated to developing football nations.
The stadium will also have advanced cooling technologies to ensure a comfortable temperature for players, fans and officials is maintained during the tournament.
In addition the stadium will have outdoor training pitches, volleyball, handball and basketball courts, horse, running and cycling tracks as well as community retail spaces. A boutique hotel will also be built at the stadium to ensure its continued use after the World Cup.
The wider project team on the stadium build includes Qatar’s oldest architectural and engineering consultant Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) is the design and construction supervision consultant, while architectural design consultant Heerim, who recently worked on the stunning Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, will also be working on the stadium project.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in Qatar added that it was aiming to complete two new build stadiums by the end of next year, having already completed the refurbishment of the Khalifa International Stadium.
The committee said it was still working with the Local Organising Committee to finalise the proposed venues for the football World Cup and would submit more venues for approval by Fifa’s council in due course.