DOHA – The World Cup stadium was designed to leave a minimal footprint on the sands of Qatar. Now it is to be dismantled.
The Qataris say the stadium will disappear but it’s not clear when that will happen. The Gulf Country will soon host an Asian Cup, the multi-sport Asian Games and maybe even an Olympics.
A look at FIFA requirements for World Cup stadiums and next steps for Qatar host cities.
WHAT DOES QATAR NEED?
FIFA has clear guidelines for the hosting plan of a World Cup host.
A main stadium with at least 80,000 spectators to host the final, at least another with 60,000 seats that must host a semi-final and several others with at least 40,000 – although FIFA gave Russia two, which fell below 35,000 four years ago.
Qatar had a 12-stage plan when it applied for and won the hosting rights in 2010.
About three years after the long preparations for the 2022 tournament Project plan was shortened to eight stages. Seven of them were built from scratch and the Khalifa International Stadium was renovated before hosting the 2019 World Athletics Championships.
FIFA accepted this because Qatari football simply didn’t need that many new venues. Qatar also didn’t need such large venues for their domestic matches in the 12-team Qatar Stars League, where matches usually draw a few thousand spectators.
The long-term promise made during the tender was to cut a class from some venues after the tournament. The steel and seats would be donated to less affluent countries in need of stadium infrastructure.
WHAT WAS BUILT IN QATAR?
The exact cost of Qatar’s stadiums is unclear. Total spending on projects related to preparation for the World Cup is estimated at around $200 billion.
What Qatar got for their money were seven new and distinctive arenas with strong themes inspired by local culture.
The 89,000-seat Lusail Stadium is modeled after a handcrafted shell; the 69,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium resembles a nomad’s desert tent; Al-Thumama Stadium is like a woven cap.
Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, then the world’s most famous architect, Al Janoub Stadium is said to be inspired by the sails of a pearl fishing boat. Many Observers saw feminine finesse in the sweeping curves of its roof.
WHO BUILT IT?
Tens of thousands of migrant workers were brought mainly from South Asia to work in conditions that are the main controversy of this World Cup.
The exact number of workers who died or were injured on projects related to the tournament is unclear, in part because Qatar has not collected data or investigated the fatalities.
Qatar reformed the so-called kafala system, which ties workers to their employers, including European construction companies, and introduced a monthly minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals (US$275).
However, That’s what human rights activists say Qatar does not enforce its laws strictly enough.
FIFA has shown some willingness Heed calls to set up a compensation fund for the families of dead and injured migrant workers.
The Qatari government has dismissed the calls as a publicity stunt and is noting its own Efforts to ensure workers receive their unpaid wages.
PLAN AFTER THE WORLD CUP?
Many details are unclear, e.g. B. where the stadium parts will go, but some will be scaled down.
The Lusail Stadium will include “a community space of schools, shops, cafes, sports facilities and health clinics,” said Qatar World Cup organizers. Al Bayt will have a five-star hotel, a shopping center and a sports medicine clinic.
Two of the stadiums are used by local football clubs. Ahmad bin Ali Stadium is home to Al Rayyan club and Al Wakrah will play at Al Janoub.
Khalifa International Stadium was scheduled to continue hosting Qatar national team matches, including qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
MORE BIG EVENTS
Some of the stadiums can be reused for the next Asian Cup scheduled for January 2024.
Qatar officially picked them up Hosting rights one month before the World Cup started, replacing China, which was citing the COVID-19 pandemic for returning the tournament to be held in June 2023.
Perhaps Stadium 974 could be pardoned for the Asian Cup which starts in 13 months? The venue was built in the Doha port area in a Lego-like design with the same amount of shipping containers as the number in Qatar’s international telephone code.
Qatar also needs venues for this Venue for the 2030 Asian Gamesa multisport championship involving more athletes than the Olympics.
Then there’s the big Olympic prize that Qatar wants: the Summer Games as early as 2036.
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