With the FIFA World Cup semifinal coming to Qatar in 2022, the Sports City stadium Qatar now has a new reason to justify that it can build the most expensive sports facility ever. The original plans of a 45,000 seats design bearing a construction cost of $1.6 billion has now been changed to accommodate 65,000 seats keeping in mind that it will be one of the World Cup’s primary venues, with the costs all set to “creep up to $2 billion and change,” said project designer Dan Meis. Considering the high temperature of the region, the stadium will sport a dome with the other development being set up outside the facility, Meis says “that development and puts it all under one protective roof”.
Meis adds, “That’s kind of the big idea, that it’s a full entertainment destination in one building. It’s a mall, it includes a hotel tower, an office tower and a media tower that all support this giant floating roof and there’s occupied space up on the roof, as well. There are places where you can look from the roof of the building down to the pitch or to the plaza.” The stadium will be state-of-the-art with “removable seats that can scale the building down to a 10,000-seat amphitheater”.