FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium located in Al Rayyan to be inaugurated on Qatar National Day
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has announced its latest milestone achievement on the road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The inauguration of the stadium located in Al Rayyan will take place on December 18 on Qatar National Day which is exactly two years before the country hosts the FIFA World Cup final.
The stadium which will become the new home of Al Rayyan Sports Club is the fourth Qatar 2022 tournament venue to open following Khalifa International, Al Janoub, and Education City.
Earlier this year, it was announced the venue would host seven matches up to the round of 16 stages during the World Cup.
The 40,000-capacity stadium is adjacent to the Mall of Qatar and within walking distance of Al Riffa Station on Doha Metro’s Green Line.
The stadium’s most striking feature is a glowing façade, comprised of patterns that characterize different aspects of Qatar: the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, native flora and fauna, and local and international trade.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy announced that the fourth stadium of the World Cup in 2022 in Al Rayyan will host the final of HH the Amir Cup between Al Sadd and Al Arabi on Dec. 18, which coincides with the country's national day. #QNA pic.twitter.com/aTCSIqzWmc— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) December 2, 2020
A fifth shape, a shield, brings together all the others, representing the strength and unity that is particularly relevant to the city of Al Rayyan.
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC said, “The inauguration of this stadium is another major milestone on the road to 2022. This stunning venue and the surrounding precinct will leave a fantastic legacy for Al Rayyan Sports Club and everyone who lives in this proud city.”
“This event also marks the two-year countdown to the biggest match in Qatar’s history: the FIFA World Cup final,” added Al Thawadi.
Engineer Hilal Al Kuwari, Chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office, described the stadium’s completion as a massive achievement on the road to the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and the Arab world.
“Five stadiums have now been completed, including Khalifa, Al Janoub, Education City, Al Bayt, and Al Rayyan. The remaining three will be delivered in the near future in order to give us plenty of time to test our operational plans,” said Al Kuwari.
Considerable sustainability and efficiency measures have been embedded in the design to reduce the stadium's carbon footprint, including the use of recycled building materials, and retaining trees from the surrounding environment.
Many of the recycled materials used in the new stadium complex came from the deconstructed Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium that once occupied the site.
As a result, the stadium was awarded the following Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) ratings: GSAS Design & Build Certification (four-star rating), GSAS Construction Management Certification (Class A*), and a GSAS Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) Compliance Certificate.
After Qatar 2022, the modular upper tier of the stadium will be removed, with the seats being repurposed into sporting facilities in Qatar and overseas.
The surrounding precinct will also be transformed into a regional sporting hub, where locals will have the opportunity to experience many other sporting facilities that spring up as part of the complex.
Six football training pitches, a cricket pitch, a horse riding track, a cycling track, gym equipment, and an athletics track are just some of the facilities that the community of Al Rayyan can look forward to using.
More information on the Amir Cup final, including ticket, travel, and social distancing requirements, will be communicated in due course.
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