On April 28th, 2019, Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) announced that Al Wakrah Stadium, one of the stadiums that will host FIFA World Cup 2022 games, will be inaugurated on May 16th, 2019.
Al Wakrah Stadium was designed by Zaha Hadid and AECOM Architects. The newly constructed arena holds a capacity of 40,000 seats, it boasts a fully retractable roof and features innovative internal cooling technology for the benefit of supporters and athletes. This sophisticated technology will allow Qataris to enjoy the stadium all year round.
Al Wakrah stadium is the second Qatar 2022 venue to be delivered by the SC following the successful completion of Khalifa International Stadium in 2017.
Thani Khalifa Al Zarraa, Al Wakrah’s Project Manager, described the upcoming inauguration as a major accomplishment as Qatar prepares itself for upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022. “Its innovative and futuristic design means it is set to be one of the iconic venues during the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world. We hope thousands of football fans across the country will join us for this landmark occasion as we celebrate the progress we have made to-date and look forward to 2022 with renewed excitement”, acclaimed Al Zarraa.
Once FIFA World Cup 2022 terminates, Al Wakrah Stadium will become Al Wakrah Sport Club’s home, however, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 20,000 seats. The other 20,000 seats will be donated to overseas football development projects to demonstrate Qatar’s commitment to sustainable development projects.
Lastly, Al Wakrah’s stadium complex will feature new green spaces of around 90,000 m2 equipped with running tracks, cycle lanes and horseback riding areas.
Construction Time Lapse of Al Wakrah Stadium
(Image Source: Supreme Committee For Delivery & Legacy )