Lusail Stadium hosts the final match (Karim Jaafar/AFP)
The activities of the World Cup were not limited to the walls of the eight stadiums, but rather artistic, heritage and entertainment activities were organized on the sidelines of the matches, and the Qatari capital, Doha, and several cities of the country , turned into fields for the celebration of the supporters, which numbered more than 1.2 million people.
The global soccer event was not limited to the host country, but rather expanded beyond it “as an opportunity to build bridges between the different peoples of the world,” according to the secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Projects and Legacy, responsible for the World Cup projects, Hassan Al Thawadi.
Qatar has prepared eight stadia (stadiums) for the FIFA World Cup competitions, at a cost of 23 billion riyals ($6.31 billion), which are Hamad bin Khalifa International Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Thumama -stadium, Education City is. Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium. Lusail Stadium and 974 Stadium. Al-Thawadi explained, “The tournament will leave a lasting legacy and improve many aspects, in addition to its positive contributions to change at all levels.”
In turn, Saif Al-Hajri, head of the “Program for Every Spring a Flower” and environmental expert, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that since its victory in hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has promised to level of sports in the world because of its importance, and to develop sports in less privileged countries, and will work The entire “974” stadium has been transferred to developing countries, and the process of dismantling it has already begun, the reduction of the number of seats of other stadiums, and donate them to countries that need them. “It is part of the values of sport, and a legacy of Qatar, in addition to the use of stadiums and sports facilities after the tournament in many aspects of life.”
For his part, the engineer who cares for the signposts, Namir Muhammad Wais, in his interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, believes that the dismantling of thousands of seats from stadiums in Qatar within the state’s plan to increase sustainability in the material, fall. used during design or manufacture, emphasizes that this initiative is a pioneering idea to spread the goal The supreme sport of football, which was and still is a beacon to strengthen the spirit of cooperation.
The lasting legacy that Qatar will leave for the World Cup is embodied in the stadiums that will be a field for football competitions, and the surrounding areas, and approximately 170,000 stadium seats will be dismantled to be distributed to a number of developing countries, as a historical legacy of the “Qatar World Cup”.
And about the legacy he will leave Education City Stadium After the World Cup competitions, the director of the stadium, Ali Al-Dosari, explains that the stadium will be transformed into a community destination to serve students, teaching staff and management in various ways, such as converting parts of it. in places to host events and graduation ceremonies, or in classrooms, etc., and the capacity will be reduced from 40,000 seats to 20,000, and the upper part of the seats will be donated to countries that do not have sports infrastructure, to contribute to the promotion of soccer culture and the practice of sports around the world.
was built Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium It is located on the grounds of Al Rayyan Stadium, 22 kilometers from the center of Doha, near the Qatar Mall. The design reflects the desert environment of the region. The interior design is characterized by the seats of the stands which can accommodate 40,000 fans. , and is decorated in red and black colors, referring to the colors of Al Rayyan Sports Club, which will take The stadium will be located after the end of the World Cup.
According to the director, Abdullah Al-Faihani, the area around Ahmed bin Ali Stadium includes new sports facilities and equipment, including a 2.6-kilometer sports walkway, six soccer fields, a cricket field, a horse riding track, a cycling track, exercise equipment , and an athletic track. And other facilities that will form a legacy for the stadium, and half of the stadium seats, or about 20,000 seats, will be donated to countries that do not have sports facilities.
manager says Al Thumama StadiumKhalifa Al-Manea, that the area around the stadium includes many sports facilities, including tracks for running and cycling, in green spaces, in addition to a number of training fields to serve Qatari clubs after the end of the World Cup. It is characterized by its design, which was inspired by the Qatari architect Ibrahim Al-Jaidah from the white gahfiya, which is the traditional headdress for men in the Gulf and the Arab world. 20,000 seats from the upper level of the stadium will be demolished with the aim of donating it to sports projects in developing countries, and then taking advantage of the stadium’s reduced capacity to host competitions Soccer and other sporting events, in addition to establishing retail stores, a sports clinic and a small hotel in the upper area of the stadium.
housed Khalifa International Stadium A long list of historical sporting events since its launch in 1976, it has undergone a series of renovations and changes in preparation for the World Cup, and is considered one of the most famous sports stadiums in the Gulf and the region. The end of 2014 witnessed an update to adjust its specifications to become compatible with the standards and requirements of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). The new design included updating the shape of the stadium floor and adding 12,000 seats, bringing its total capacity. up to 40,000 seats. In May 2017, it opened as the first World Cup stadium.
The stadium is surrounded by many buildings and facilities, such as the Torch Hotel, the Hamad Water Sports Complex and the “Aspire” dome, which is the largest indoor multi-sports hall in the world, in addition to gardens and parks, and the stadium will retain its seats.
set upAl Bayt StadiumIt is in the form of the House of Poetry, that is, the traditional tent inhabited by the Bedouin people, in the city of Al-Khor in the north of the country, about 60 kilometers, with a public capacity of 60,000 seats. -purpose to serve the needs of the population in Al Khor and Al Thakhira areas.
The legacy of the stadium after the World Cup is embodied with the garden of the house providing sports and leisure facilities, and the green spaces in the area around the stadium extend over a million square meters. It also includes running tracks, cycling tracks, and tracks for horses and camels. A five-star hotel with 96 rooms.
located”South StadiumAbout 23 kilometers south of Doha, the architect Zaha Hadid was inspired by the ancient maritime history of the city of Al-Wakra, which is associated with seafaring for fishing and pearl mining, so it was inspired by the design in the form of an outer shell with a traditional boat inside The 92 meter long retractable roof allows for illumination The intensity of the sun’s rays, completely shading the stadium.
Al Janoub Stadium can accommodate 40,000 spectators, and there are plans to tear down 20,000 seats from the upper stands, and donate them to sports projects around the world, and then use the stadium with the remaining seats to host football competitions and host other sporting events. , so that the stadium in the legacy stage becomes a sports center to serve residents of the surrounding areas, according to its director, Abdulaziz Al-Ishaq.
incarnatedStadium 974The number that forms the international telephone code for Qatar. Concepts of sustainability and legacy. Built entirely from shipping containers and stand-alone steel units, it is the first fully demountable indoor football stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 fans. In the post-tournament legacy phase, Containers and hulls will be reused and waterfront facilities will be created for the benefit of the community, as well as a vibrant business district.
Since the iron structure is made of recycled and reusable steel, it is intended to be used for other purposes, such as building another stadium of the same capacity, either in Qatar or in another country, or its reuse in the construction of other sports or non-sports facilities, or use Its parts are used for other purposes such as sea freight.
hostsLusail StadiumLocated about 20 kilometers north of downtown Doha, the final match of the FIFA World Cup will be held on December 18 next year, and it is considered the largest stadium in the Qatar World Cup, with a crowd capacity of 80,000 seats. and the design of the stadium simulates the lighthouse used in the past to guide the ships by emitting light from its ports, as the openings in the stadium’s external facade help the overlap of light and shadow, helping to lighting up the stadium after sunset. , as if it were a huge lighthouse that guides fans from all over the world to its location, inviting them to visit it.
Regarding the legacy he will leave, Tamim Al-Abed, Lusail Stadium’s operations manager, explains that there are a set of ideas to take advantage of the internal spaces after the tournament for the benefit of society, including its conversion in a community destination that includes housing units with reduced rents, shops, schools, cafes and facilities Sports and medical clinics, while being maintained as a sports building ready to serve any future sports projects. The upper level of supporters’ seats in the stadium will be converted into outdoor balconies for new residential units, provided these components are donated to countries that lack sports infrastructure.
It should be noted that the FIFA World Cup matches will end on December 18, commemorating the Qatari National Day.