(WFI) Qatar 2022 unveil an 86,000 capacity World Cup final and opening match venue at Leaders in Football, with a vast continuous stand at one end that has been likened to Liverpool’s iconic Kop.
The bid team claim that it ticks “every single box” on a FIFA wishlist for a new stadium, but it will only be built if Qatar win the FIFA d-day vote in eight weeks time.
“Qatar loves football. The second sport is far far in the distance. When you take that into consideration what we need right now is football stadiums,” Qatar bid book manager, Christian Quintero, told INSIDER.
“What we did when we wanted to host the FIFA World Cup was to go to the FIFA website, downloaded the technical guides for football stadiums and we built and designed stadiums according to those technical guides.
“These are ideal, custom made FIFA World Cup stadiums. If you could make a wishlist we have checked every single one of those boxes.”
Last month INSIDER revealed that the stadium will be built in the new city of Lusail, a development being built for 400,000 people a less than 20km from downtown Doha.
Huw Thomas, lead architect for Foster & Partners, said that the stadium was purpose built for football and discounted the possibility that it would be used for an Olympic bid.
“The fans are right on top of the action,” he said.
“It’s purpose built for football so there are not the sort of those compromises that you get with a running track.”
It features extensive multi-use facilities around the exterior of the stadium, which is surrounded by a moat. Thomas says that he believes that the stadium undercroft will be the largest of any stadium in the world, affording huge areas to entertain fans and corporate guests.
Its most distinctive feature is a single sweeping stand, unimpeded by corporate boxes. Thomas likened it to Liverpool’s Kop.
The stadium will use the country’s new zero carbon cooling technologies and be linked to Qatar’s purpose built MotorGP track, considered
by many motorbike racing fans to be the best in the world.
From INSIDER’s James Corbett at Leaders in Football in London.
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