Stadium, featuring innovative and sustainable cooling technology, ready with one year to go
With 365 days to go until the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, host Qatar is ready to welcome the world of athletics and stage the biggest sporting event in the nation and region’s history. Organisers unveiled the completed stadium, showcased its state-of-the-art sustainable cooling system and revealed ticket options that will allow fans to watch the action in various options.
For four days, the organising committee have taken the IAAF through their detailed plans and played host to team leaders and coaches from 30 nations, as they begin preparations for their athletes and teams to compete in the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships.
To mark the one-year countdown, the doors were opened at the upgraded Khalifa International Stadium in Aspire Zone for special guests and media, including Qatar’s world-class 400m hurdler and 2018 Asian Games Champion Abderrahman Samba and promising sprint talent Mariam Farid, together with officials and sponsors.
All attendees enjoyed a first-hand experience of the unique pink track and weather conditions the innovative cooling system will offer athletes and fans. Track temperatures were set to a pleasant 24-26 Degrees Celsius courtesy of the revolutionary in-stadium air-conditioning technology, which will guarantee optimal conditions for athletes and fans alike. The Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certified stadium which will also host the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches, is ready to play host to the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships in April 2019, the official test event for the IAAF World Athletics Championships later in the year.
The ticketing programme was also unveiled and will offer avid athletics fans an array of options that will allow them to follow their champion, sit in traditional Arab cushioned Majlis seating or choose finish line seats. Tickets also provide those new to athletics a ‘taster’ options priced at EURO14 or QAR60. Family and group discounts are also available for those looking to purchase tickets in bulk. Local and global fans should now register their interest in tickets via https://iaafworldathleticschamps.com/doha2019/tickets to ensure they receive information, alerts and reminders for when tickets go on sale in November.
According to Vice President and Director General of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Local Organising Committee and Vice President of the IAAF, Dahlan Al Hamad, they are ready to be gracious hosts, ready to connect the world of athletics, ready to inspire a new generation and ready to welcome athletes and fans from all corners of the world.
Qatar is a young and ambitious nation. We hope that seeing is believing and as you can see today we are ready to deliver upon our promises, from our stadium to our airport, our infrastructure to accommodation and our world-famous hospitality. Everything is in place including a growing excitement and energy among the local community. In hosting the first ever IAAF World Athletics Championships in the Middle East, we have a shared vision and commitment in partnering with the IAAF, to grow participation of this wonderful sport across Qatar, the region and the world.’
He said that this ambition requires innovative, creative and bold thinking.
That is why an exciting new schedule exists with new formats. That’s why this stadium has cooling technology and why we want our young athletes and our local community to experience it live for themselves. That’s why we will introduce a midnight marathon. All these developments take imagination but stem from a single goal of enhancing athletics worldwide.’
Access is a key focus for all, especially fans travelling to Qatar with direct flights from over 110 destinations. Once in Qatar, the stadium is located only 15 minutes from Doha’s downtown area of West Bay and sits in the middle of the world-renowned sporting centre Aspire Zone.
For more information on the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 and to register for tickets, visit iaafworldathleticschamps.com.