With the one-year countdown for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup having started on Sunday 21st November 21, the Middle East country unveiled its seventh tournament-ready venue - Stadium 974.
The venue - formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud - is made primarily
from shipping containers and is located close to the Doha Port,
directly opposite the spectacular West Bay skyline.
The innovative design means this is the first fully demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup history.
Constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and other modular building blocks, not only will this innovative, 40,000-seat venue have a remarkable design, but it will be entirely dismantled and repurposed after the World Cup Qatar. Its parts will be used in other sporting or non-sporting projects, setting a new standard in sustainability and introducing bold new ideas in tournament legacy planning.
Stadium 974 hosted its first match on 30th November when the
United Arab Emirates and Syria went head-to-head on the opening day
of the FIFA Arab Cup. Stadium 974 is the seventh tournament venue
to be completed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)
and follows Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad
Bin Ali, Al Bayt and Al Thumama in being declared ready to host
matches during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will kick off
exactly from one year now on.
Stadium 974 will host seven matches up to the round of 16 stage during Qatar 2022. During the FIFA Arab Cup, which will take place from November 30 to December 18, the 40,000-capacity stadium will host six matches, including the first semifinal and third-place play-off. The stadium is located 800M from Ras Bu Abboud station on the Gold Line of the Doha Metro. With SC Media inputs, myKhel.com breaks down the salient features of Stadium 974. the seventh tournament venue for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The stadium's new name reflects the number of shipping containers used in the development and is also Qatar's international subscriber dialling code. The name also reflects the stadium's location as the gateway to Qatar, being close to Hamad International Airport, Doha Airport and Hamad Port.
Due to its innovative design, the Stadium 974 bowl avoids the
need for air conditioning as it is naturally ventilated. Much of
the stadium's structure is made from recycled steel, while water
efficiency methods ensure it will reduce water use by 40 per cent
compared to a conventional stadium development. HBK Contracting
acted as the main contractor, while TiME Qatar was the project
Legacy factor SC Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi spoke about the stadium's salient features, "We are very proud to announce the completion of Stadium 974. This is yet another milestone on the road to 2022 as we edge closer to hosting the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world." Al Thawadi added, "We consider this innovative venue a game-changer for future mega-event hosts. It's another example of the powerful legacy our World Cup will leave.
Symbol of sustainability
Chairman of the SC's Operations Office and Vice Chairman,
Technical Delivery Office, Yasir Al Jamal shared Al Thawadi's
views, "The striking Stadium 974 is a proud symbol of
sustainability and innovation. The completion of this venue is yet
another significant moment in our journey towards hosting the FIFA
World Cup." Al Jamal added, "We're in a very strong position in
relation to all of our infrastructure projects and look forward to
Stadium 974 hosting its first matches during the upcoming FIFA Arab
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