In its efforts to win the bid to host the 2022 FIFA world Cup, Qatar has announced plans to build five stadiums. In fact, Qatar 2022 has even released the concept plans for the design of these proposed stadiums. Designed by Albert Speer & Partner GmbH, these proposed stadium designs display striking and dramatic looks and incorporate state-of-the-art technology to stand out from the crowd bidding to host this popular tournament. These proposed designs were unveiled to the world at ‘Sport Accord,’ the world’s largest sporting convention in Dubai.
Each of the stadiums has either been inspired by a specific element of Qatari culture and tradition or acts as a symbol to the rest of the world of Qatar’s relationship with the competing nations. What is more, the structures will make the most of solar technology to serve the power requirements. Using innovative climate control technology, temperatures within the stadiums are set to stay below 28°C, despite the nation’s fierce heat, making the 2022 FIFA World Cup the first-ever cooled outdoor sporting event.
What is more, Qatar 2022 has announced that post the world cup, many modular components of the stadiums no longer needed will be dismantled and shipped to other countries to promote football development.
Currently, AS&P have presented designs for five football stadiums located across Qatar, two of which are adaptations of existing buildings. The proposed stadiums are as follows:
The Al Rayyan Stadium is currently situated 20km northwest of the capital, Doha. Plans adapt the existing building, surrounding it in a membrane-like structure onto projected match updates, tournament information, and other film material. The plans also include doubling the seating capacity.
The second adaption will be the Al Gharafa stadium situated close to the city of Doha. The existing stadium’s facade is to be transformed into a vivid explosion of color, and the seating capacity will be doubled.
Al Shamal Stadium will be a brand new stadium with a capacity for up to 45,120 people. Proposed to be situated in the north of Qatar, this stadium’s design has been inspired by the traditional local fishing boats of the Gulf, ‘dhows.’
Al Wakrah is another brand new stadium that is more than a stadium. It is proposed to be a huge sports complex complete with a multi-purpose hall, themed swimming-pool, spa zone, and shopping mall alongside the obvious sports facilities.
Finally is the Al Khor Stadium (another brand new one), which will boast of a seashell-inspired asymmetrical structure set in landscaped gardens and with a capacity to hold 45,330 football fans.
Besides being able to watch more than one match per day, all stadiums will be linked to the brand new metro system allowing fans to travel from one stadium to another through public transport.
Qatar will have to wait till December 2010 for FIFA will make their final decision as to which of the 11 bidding nations are to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Until then click here to view each stadium design.