The State of Qatar announced the completion of the Education City Stadium – the third tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The stadium’s completion was marked during a special programme hosted by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) on their social media platforms.
The highlight of the programme was a speech by HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which declared the stadium open and ready to host matches during the FIFA World Cup™.
To watch more videos of the programme and the Amir’s speech, visit beinsports.com.
Launching Education City Stadium, digitally and in compliance with the protective measures implemented by the State of Qatar, affirms SC’s commitment to deliver their projects on schedule – despite the current circumstances. The stadium’s successful completion was dedicated to frontline workers who have worked tirelessly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Nicknamed the ‘Diamond in the Desert’, the 40,000-capacity venue, located within Qatar Foundation’s Education City, is the first World Cup stadium to achieve a five-star sustainability rating under the Global Sustainability Assessment System.
SC Secretary General HE Hassan Al Thawadi said the completion of the Education City Stadium is yet another milestone as the country inches closer to the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.
Launching the stadium now – while the world is overcoming the coronavirus pandemic – shows everyone that there is light at the end of the tunnel and brighter days ahead.
We are proud to pay tribute to the frontline workers who remain at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 and look forward to bringing the world together – at this stadium and others – using the unifying power of football in 2022.
During the programme, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said they pay a very special tribute to those who suffered, fought and are still fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic and giving a remarkable example of resilience during such a difficult moment.
He said that we must not forget that health comes first.
In some parts of the world, it is already possible to look ahead to better times. In others, we still have to be extremely careful, stay strong and united. In the meantime, the new stadium in Education City reminds us that football will return, and with more passion than ever.
According to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser Al Khater, the atmosphere will be electric at the Education City Stadium when it hosts matches during the World Cup. The stadium is a football lover’s stadium, he said, and one that fans from around the world will enjoy during Qatar 2022.
Providing unique experiences for fans and players alike in 2022 is central to our planning, and we will stage several events across various venues in the lead-up to the tournament to test our readiness and refine our plans to guarantee that everyone visiting Qatar in 2022 has an exceptional time.
Yasir Al Jamal, Chairman of the SC’s Operations Office and Vice-Chairman, Technical Delivery Office, said they are very proud to announce the completion of the third tournament-ready stadium, following the successful redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium in 2017 and the inauguration of Al Janoub Stadium last year.
He said that all their projects remain on track and, as they celebrate this milestone, they are also looking forward to marking many more between now and the big kick-off on 21 November 2022, including the completion of two more stadiums before the end of this year – the 40,000-capacity Al Rayyan Stadium and the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium.
Machaille Hassan Al Naimi, President of Community Development at Qatar Foundation, said that the Education City Stadium will be a focal point for the world of football in 2022, and for the people of Qatar for many decades to come after the tournament.
The legacy of this magnificent venue, standing at the centre of our Qatar Foundation community, will be reflected by its continuing role as a hub of sporting activity, inspiring people to embrace healthy lifestyles; as a space for education and the acquisition of knowledge; and as a destination for people to gather and interact.
In its design, message and purpose, Education City Stadium is a true standard-bearer for sustainability.
In addition to the coverage on SC’s social media platforms, Education City Stadium’s completion was marked by special coverage on beIN SPORTS, Al Kass TV, Al Rayyan TV and Qatar TV.
For updates and more information on the preparation for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, visit qatar2022.qa.