Qatar will officially inaugurate the Al Wakrah Stadium, a 40,000-seat venue and one of Qatar’s very first stadiums built from scratch for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. This Thursday, 16 May, the stadium will host the Amir Cup 2019 final, set out to be the stadium’s first historic first match. 

In preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar has employed some of the world’s leading architects to build eight of the most ambitious and visually stunning venues ever conceived.

Al Wakrah Stadium – the second tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – was designed by legendary architect Zaha Hadid. The Iraqi-British icon passed away in 2016 and the Al Wakrah Stadium was one of her final projects. Its design is said to be inspired by a dhow

State-of-the-Art Cooling Technology

The stadium has a 92 metre retractable roof that will provide shade to the pitch, contribute to the efficiency of the stadium’s innovative cooling technology and protect the interior of the stadium from harsh weather conditions.

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will cool the spectator areas using under-seat supply terminals at low velocities. More than 100 air ventilation units will serve the stadium bowl.

According to Dr Saud Abdul Ghani of Qatar University, and among the professionals involved in developing the cooling technology for the planned Qatar stadiums, they use the platform of the stadium to defend against infiltration of warm wind.

This means the stadium is a barrier that is basically containing a cold bubble inside. The technology works by maintaining the cold bubble for as long as necessary in order for people to watch the game, and so the players are comfortable.’

First Match

Prior to the match on Thursday, a stadium inauguration ceremony will take place before the game kicks off at 10:30 pm.

According to Qatar Football Association (QFA) Director of Marketing and Communications Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Al Wakrah Stadium would provide a fitting stage for Qatari football’s showpiece competition.

We are honoured that one of Qatar’s World Cup venues will host this year’s Amir Cup final. The 2017 Amir Cup final at Khalifa International Stadium was a magnificent occasion and we are sure this year’s final will be just as memorable.’

Prohibited Items  

The Organising Committee of the Amir Cup issued a number of ‘instructions’ for spectators of the Amir Cup final game at Al Wakrah Stadium. A list of items are prohibited inside (please see poster). The field area is a restricted area for spectators; everyone are also advised to keep away from gateways, access ways, entrances, exits and stairways, and from climbing on any structure.

Prohibited inside Al Wakrah stadium

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Note: All information taken from Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy website.