Unveiled stadiums for the 2022 World Cup
Qatar is getting ready for hosting the 22nd running FIFA World cup. The main preparation for the world cup is undoubtedly the stadiums. They have built 6 new stadiums and renovated 1 old stadium for the game. Take a look at all these architectural beauties that is intricate with Qatari culture and traditions.
Al Bayt Stadium, the stadium that is going to host FIFA world cup 2022 has a stunning capacity of 60,000 seats. Located in the north of AL Khor, it will host matches up to semi-finals. The stadium and its design were inspired from ‘bayt al sha'ar’, the historical tents used by nomadic people in the gulf region.
This is the stadium where billions of people will be look forwarding to in the world cup. Yes, the Finals. The Lusail Stadium has an 80,000 seat capacity arena and is located in the pioneer cities of Doha, Lusail. The design of this stadium was inspired by the ‘fanar’ lanterns featuring light and shadow.
Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium is the oldest and most iconic stadium in Qatar. Originally opened in 1976, it was refurbished in 2017 for the FIFA World Cup. It has a 40,000-seat capacity and has hosted several tournaments in the past including Asian Games, AFC Asian Cup, Arabian Gulf Cup etc.
Janoub Stadium was opened on 16 May 2019 as part of the Amir Cup Final. This 40,000-capacity stadium is situated in the southern city of Qatar, Al Wakrah. Being a city famous for fishing and pearl fishing, Al Wakrah inspired the design of the stadium to be of ‘dhow’ boats surfing through the currents.
The Education city being a centre stone in the country has earned itself a stadium for the world cup 2022 too. Built around the Education city, it is surrounded by universities and academicians. A 40,000-seat stadium has a design that blends Islamic architecture with modernity.
Inaugurated on 18 December 2020, the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium hosts world cup matches till the quarter final stage. The 40,000-seating capacity stadium is located in Al Rayyan, the city famous for its own football Club, Al Rayyan Sports Club. The design is seven shaped patterns forming a façade each of which denotes the different aspects of Qatar.
The stadium 974 has received its name from 974, the international dialing code of Qatar. Its design is inspired by the country’s rich trade and seafaring. The creative 40,000 seat stadium is exactly built using 974 shipping containers.