Khalifa International Stadium, one of the central venues for the 2022 World Cup, set a rather unexpected world record in returfing—of all things. An expansive 7,800+ square miles of turf were laid within 13 and a half hours!
The record was set by Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and the Supreme Court Committee (SC) for Delivery and Legacy; and boy did they leave a legacy.
It was made achievable thanks to the collaboration between these two organisations, as well as the input of international experts and companies.
A total of 8,250 square miles of turf was harvested from the Aspire Turf Farm and brought to the stadium, which was five kilometers away. More than 90 specialists assisted in the endeavor.
Many critics have claimed Qatar is too hot for hosting the FIFA World Cup, and keeping football pitches up to par is a challenge the organisers have been facing since they won the bid. Picking the right kind of turf has been as important as the speed at which it’s been installed.
What is needed is a grass that is, “durable, attractive to the eye and can survive heat and humidity,” according to the turf manager of the World Cup’s organisers’ committee. The desert environment continues to pose a challenge to the organisers, but they’ve been coming up with innovative ways to counter it.
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