Lusail Stadium is in Qatar’s city of the future, Lusail City, and will be the venue for the final match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, closing the tournament in opulent style.

Fans can travel to the stadium from anywhere in the country quickly and easily, thanks to the Doha Metro and the upcoming Lusail Tram. There are also excellent commuter links via the upgraded road network, shuttle buses from the nearby park and ride system, and even the new walking and cycle paths!

The stadium’s design has been inspired by light and shadow, characteristics of the fanar (lantern), with its shape and façade replicating the intricate decorative motifs on bowls and art pieces seen across the Middle East.

Architects Foster + Partners have created a sleek, modern and bold shape with an impressive sloping roof. The chic, muted gold exterior will over time offer an evocative image of aged metal handicrafts, while the intricate detailing on the stadium bowl will feature a graceful, undulating trim. This will be literally topped off with a roof that showcases the best engineering and construction techniques, using materials to provide shade yet still admitting the right amount of sunlight to nourish the playing surface.

When the daylight fades, an advanced lighting system will switch on with light pouring through the openings in the façade, similar to a lantern, offering a welcoming glow for fans. Once inside the stadium, a wall of colour will be joined by a wall of sound – the roof and curved sides will form a cauldron effect, with noise reverberating around the arena.

During construction, sustainable building practices will be employed and construction waste recycled whenever possible. Recycled water will irrigate the abundance of local plants surrounding the stadium. Efficient water fixtures and leak detection systems throughout the stadium complex will conserve 40% more fresh water than in conventional stadiums. These measures will steer Lusail Stadium towards achieving 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System certification.

Current plans for Lusail Stadium after the tournament suggest it will transform into a community space with schools, shops, sporting facilities and health clinics within the original exterior of the stadium and under the original roof. Most of the stadium’s 80,000 seats will be removed and donated to projects elsewhere.