A birdseye view of the Lusail Stadium which would host opening and closing matches. Photo/Qatar 2018
LONDON, October 11, 2010 - The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee has unveiled detailed plans for the iconic Lusail Stadium at a major international football conference, Leaders in Football, held at Chelsea FC in London. With a capacity in excess of 86,000 and surrounded by water– the stadium would host the World Cup Opening Match and Final if Qatar wins the rights to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
To be built in the Al-Daayen section of Lusail City, a new development north of Doha, the stadium is one of 12 that form Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup hosting concept All are within an hour of central Doha enabling fans to see at least two games in a day. The Lusail Stadium is the final stadium to be unveiled by Qatar 2022.
The stadium, designed by world-renowned architects Foster & Partners, reflects various elements of Qatari heritage including the traditional dhow sail, and will serve as a model for future sports stadiums throughout the region. Its design includes a fully retractable roof and the same environmentally friendly, solar cooling technologies that will ensure all of Qatar’s 12 open-air stadiums are cooled to around 27 Degrees Centigrade. Situated on an east-west orientation, the stadium will have shade across the entire pitch and will have the world’s largest cable-net roof.
H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Bid, said: "The Iconic Lusail Stadium will serve as the perfect venue for the opening and final matches of the World Cup. The stadium will inspire a new generation of regional and international sports venues, incorporating environmentally friendly cooling technologies to ensure the ideal conditions for players and spectators alike. The design of the stadium provides fans with optimum views of the action in a cool and comfortable setting. Its beauty and ambition represent the pride and enthusiasm that we have displayed in our bid thus far and will continue to display until the day FIFA awards the 2022 World Cup and beyond."
Like all of Qatar’s proposed stadiums, the Lusail Stadium will have its own metro station and be linked with major Qatar highways and bus routes, ensuring easy and seamless access for fans. With flexibility at its core, the stadium will be able to adapt to a wide variety of future sporting, cultural and social events in Qatar after 2022.