Qatar's plans for the 2022 FIFA World Cup include 12 eco-friendly, carbon-neutral stadiums.
All of the stadiums will harness the power of the sun's rays by converting solar energy into electricity that will then provide a cool environment for both the players and fans. When games are not taking place, the solar installations at the stadiums will export energy directly to the power grid. During matches, however, the stadiums will draw energy from the grid, creating the basis for the stadiums’ carbon-neutrality.
The upper tier of nine of the stadiums will be removed after the tournament. The Doha Port Stadium will be the only completely modular stadium and will be deconstructed proceeding the FIFA World Cup™. If Qatar wins the right to host, the capacity of most of the stadiums during the event will be between 40,000 and 50,000 fans; One larger stadium will host the opening and final matches, in addition to other events. With the ending of the tournaments, the lower tiers of the nine stadiums will remain in Qatar, with the capacity to accommodate 20,000 to 25,000 fans, making the smaller stadiums suitable for football and other sports.
The upper tiers will be sent to developing nations, which often lack sufficient football infrastructure. We see sending the stadiums to developing nations as an integral part of our bid, as doing so will allow for the further development of football on the global stage. Along with the stadiums, we plan to make our developed cooling technologies available to these other countries in hot climates, enabling them to host major sporting events in the future.
The new Lusail Iconic Stadium, with a capacity of 86,250 seats, will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ if Qatar is granted hosting rights. Located in Lusail City, the stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat and is surrounded by water. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will be used to host other spectacular sporting and cultural events.
The new Doha Port Stadium will be a completely modular stadium with 44,950 seats. The stadium, which will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf, is designed to evoke a marine setting, with water from the Gulf running over its outer facade, aiding in the cooling process and adding to its visual allure. Fans will have the option of arriving on a water taxi or ferry. After the FIFA World Cup™, the whole stadium will be disassembled and the seats sent to developing countries to further their football development.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Arab tents, the Sports City Stadium will have 47,560 seats. A retractable roof, partly retractable pitch, and retractable stands will make the stadium Qatar 's premiere multi-use facility in the decades following the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium's innovative features will make it an ideal venue for football matches as well as concerts, theatre performances, and non-football related athletic events.
The Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond, glittering by day and glowing by night. The 45,350 seat stadium will be located in the midst of several university campuses in Education City, easily accessible for fans both in Qatar and in neighboring Bahrain, which will be only 51 minutes of high-speed rail travel time. Following the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats for use by university athletic teams.
Umm Slal Stadium, located in the vicinity of one of Qatar 's most historically important forts, will have 45,120 seats. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Arab forts, like the one in nearby Umm Slal Mohammed. After the FIFA World Cup™, seating capacity will be reduced to 25,500 and the stadium will be used by Umm Slal F.C..
Replacing an existing track and field stadium on Qatar University 's campus, Qatar University Stadium will have 43,520 seats. The stadium's gold facade blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces to conjure both the past and future. The stadium will be used by student athletes following the FIFA World Cup™, with a seating capacity of 23,500.
The existing 21,175 capacity Al-Gharafa stadium will be expanded to 44,740 seats using modular elements forming an upper tier. The facade will be made up of ribbons representing the nations that qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will symbolize football and the mutual friendship, tolerance, and respect that the tournament represents. The stadium will be rescaled to its existing capacity after the tournament ends.
Al-Khor is a brand new, 45,330 capacity stadium with a stunning seashell motif and a flexible roof. The permanent lower tier seats 25,500 spectators and the modular upper tier seats 19,830. The stadium boasts a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats and will be located in a sports and recreation zone.
The existing Al-Rayyan Stadium has a seating capacity of 21,282 and will be expanded to 44,740 using modular elements to form an upper tier. The stadium is designed with a special "media membrane" facade that acts as a screen for projecting news, updates, and current matches. The stadium will be resized to its current capacity after the tournament.
Al-Wakrah is one of Qatar 's oldest cities, with a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving. Al-Wakrah stadium, with a seating capacity of 45,120, takes its cues from the sea that has played such an important role in the city's history. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium's capacity will be reduced to 25,500 seats.
Al-Shamal stadium will have a capacity of 45,120 seats, with a permanent lower tier of 25,500 and a modular upper tier of 19,620 seats. The stadium's shape is derived from the "dhow" fishing boat used in the Gulf. Spectators are expected to arrive from the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge, as well as the new metro rail.
Redesigned for Qatar 's successful hosting of the 2006 Asian Games, Khalifa International Stadium's current seating capacity of 50,000 will be expanded to 68,030 for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium, which includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands, is the centerpiece of Aspire Zone, a sports complex that includes the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital, and many other sporting venues.