SC Launches First Ever Fully Demountable FIFA World Cup™ Stadium
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar, unveiled the design for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in an online digital media campaign. Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is the seventh stadium design for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
The stadium champions a bold and pioneering design concept based on shipping containers, removable seats and other steel modular building blocks that will come together to form an elegant curved square. It was envisioned by Spanish architecture firm Fenwick Iribarren Architects (FI-A), leaders in football stadium design and behind some of the boldest venue designs in the region and the world.
In a step that is the first of its kind in the history of FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will be completely modular. It will be dismantled after the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, its building blocks will be repurposed after the tournament and reused for the construction of several other venues across Qatar, helping widen the access to cultural and sporting events across the country and supporting SC’s mission to ensure that the tournament leaves a lasting legacy for the local community.
The design’s use of modular elements also means that construction of the stadium will use significantly fewer materials, result in less waste, a reduced construction carbon footprint as well as a reduced construction duration that will allow for the completion of the project in three years. By adopting such a design approach, the stadium will receive a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification.
SC Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said that the distinct and modular design of the venue means that it will be the first ever demountable FIFA World Cup™ stadium.
The design will also support our efforts of ensuring that the tournament leaves a lasting legacy for Qatar and the world, as it will provide infrastructure for sports and cultural projects across the country when disassembled after the tournament, and create a pioneering blueprint that mega-event planners around the world can follow.
From day one, there has been a strong emphasis on sustainability, including a commitment to ensure that all infrastructure meets strict design, build and operations criteria under the GSAS certification programme.’
The launch of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium design comes three months after the design launch of the Al Thumama Stadium and six months after the inauguration of Khalifa International Stadium following its renovation. All projects are progressing per schedule and will be delivered by their target completion dates.
The 40,000-seat venue is slated for completion in 2020 and will be located in a 450,000 square metre waterfront site on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, where the use of shipping containers as one of the main building blocks will echo the nearby port.
Situated just southeast of Doha and a mere 1.5 km from Hamad International Airport, it will be serviced by efficient transport links, including a dedicated stop on Qatar Rail’s Gold Line, direct road connections to the centre of Doha and Al Wakrah, and potentially even a water taxi stop.
The stadium’s prime location will also offer exceptional views of Doha’s landmark Corniche and of downtown West Bay area.
For more information about the progress of Qatar’s preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, visit the SC website.