POSTED: Thursday September 16th 2010

Qatar 2022 Unveils World Cup Stadiums To FIFA Inspection Team

Open Air, Zero-Carbon Cooled Stadiums

Sports City stadium
Sports City stadium

Doha Port stadium
Doha Port stadium

Education City stadium
Education City stadium

Doha, 16 September:  Qatar 2022, the organisation bidding to bring the FIFA World Cup to the Middle East for the first time, today unveiled the 12 stadiums it plans to use if awarded the right to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  The stadiums, costing around $4 billion, were unveiled to FIFA's Inspection Team as part of its three-day visit to Qatar, and include three existing venues which would be expanded and nine new, state-of-the-art stadiums with capacities of at least 43,000.
All of Qatar's stadiums will have direct metro and road access and be accessible from central Doha within one hour, enabling fans to see more than one game a day and dramatically limit the amount of travel for players and fans across the tournament.


Notes to Editors
Qatar 2022's brand new, state-of-the-art stadiums include:
•      Sports City Stadium: a 47,500 capacity stadium inspired by Arabian tent architecture that will retain its full capacity after 2022

•      Doha Port Stadium:  a 45,000 capacity fully modular stadium, taking its design cues from a floating water lily, to be built in Doha bay and is accessible by water taxi

•      Al-Shamal Stadium: a 45,000 capacity stadium designed to replicate the traditional Dhow fishing boat, to be built in northern Qatar on the water's edge; legacy capacity 25,500

•      Al-Khor Stadium: a 45,000 capacity stadium designed in the shape of a seashell and set in a park setting.  Some fans will be able to see the Arabian sea from their seats; legacy capacity 25,500

•      Umm Slal Stadium: a 45,000 capacity stadium tacking its design cues from a traditional Arabian fort; legacy capacity 25,500

•      Al-Wakrah Stadium: a 45,000 capacity stadium built within a recreational oasis including themed swimming pool, spa zones and parkland; legacy capacity 25,500

•      Education City Stadium:  a 45,000 capacity stadium located in a landscaped oasis which will become a 25,000 seat track and field stadium in legacy mode

•      Qatar University Stadium: a 43,500 capacity stadium which will become a duel use 23,500 venue in legacy mode to accommodate both track and field and football
Qatar's existing stadiums are:
•      Al-Rayyan and Al-Gharafa Stadiums:  current capacities of 21,000 to be expanded to around 45,000; legacy capacity 21,000.  Al-Rayan will have a media facade wrapped around its entire exterior allowing FIFA partners to run commercials.  Al-Gharafa will have the colours of the 32 competing teams embedded in its outer exterior

•      Khalifa Stadium:  current capacity of around 50,000, to be expanded to 68,000

Qatar 2022 will unveil one remaining stadium to the media in the coming weeks.

Images of the new stadiums unveiled today (Sports City/Doha Port/Umm Slal/Education City/Qatar University) can be downloaded by visiting the following link:


For more information contact:
Christian Fianco
Qatar 2022 Bid Committee
Mobile : +974 55669340

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Keywords · Qatar 2022 · Qatar Football Association · Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al Thani · Harold Mayne-Nicholls · FIFA · soccer

Name: Christian Fianco
Organization: Qatar 2022 Bid Committee
Phone: +974 5566 9340

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