Khelifa Stadium Doha

Qatar unveils designs for first World Cup stadium

At a ceremonial dinner held in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, this week, and ahead of the tournament’s final on Wednesday which is being contested by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, new designs for the redeveloped Khalifa International Stadium were unveiled by the Supreme Committee for ‘Delivery & Legacy’, a Qatari Government agency responsible for the FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums and infrastructure development.

The stadium, which dating back to the 70’s, is planned to be the first of Qatar’s World Cup projects to complete in 2016, and is set to host the Cup’s ceremonial opening, the early games, a round of the 16th and a quarter final.

It will have a capacity of 40,000 seats and will have a technical climatisation at 26°C that should allow games to take place in semi-normal conditions.

The venue, which was initially upgraded for the 2006 Asian games, is also planned to be used to host the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships, which Qatar won the rights to host only last week.  Additional wings and various extensions are planned to include a Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, new food courts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health centre stretching along new upper and lower concourses.

The stadium is currently being built by a joint venture between Six Construct of Belgian BESIX Group and local Midmac Contracting, with local design consultant Dar Al Handasah and under Projacs project management.  A steel arch that forms part of the stadium’s roofing structure has already been delivered by Eversendai of South Korea.