Stadium 974 will be Unveiled on November 30
Qatar announces the completion of the seventh tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ that will host its first match during the FIFA Arab Cup™ on 30 November.
Stadium 974 will host its first match on 30 November when the United Arab Emirates and Syria go head-to-head on the opening day of the FIFA Arab Cup™.
Stadium 974 is the seventh tournament venue to be completed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and follows Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Bayt, and Al Thumama in being declared ready to host matches during the FIFA World Cup 2022™, which will kick off on 21 November next year.
The venue – formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud – is made primarily from shipping containers and is located close to Doha Port, directly opposite the spectacular West Bay skyline. The innovative design means this is the first fully demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup™ history.
Stadium 974 will host seven matches up to the round of 16 stage during Qatar 2022. During the FIFA Arab Cup™, which will take place from 30 November to 18 December, the 40,000-capacity stadium will host six matches, including the first semi-final and third-place play-off. The stadium is located 800m from Ras Bu Abboud station on the Gold Line of the Doha Metro.
5 Interesting Facts about Stadium 974
- Innovative Name and Concept
The stadium’s new name reflects the number of shipping containers used in the development and is also Qatar’s international dialing code. The name also reflects the stadium’s location as the gateway to Qatar, being close to Hamad International Airport, Doha Airport, and Hamad Port.
- Sustainable Design
Due to its innovative design, the Stadium 974 bowl avoids the need for air conditioning as it is naturally ventilated. Much of the stadium’s structure is made from recycled steel, while water efficiency methods ensure it will reduce water use by 40% compared to a conventional stadium development. HBK Contracting acted as the main contractor, while TiME Qatar was the project manager.
- First Demountable Stadium
Fenwick Iribarren together with Schlaich Bergermann Partner and Hilson Moran was commissioned by the Supreme Committee to design Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. It will be the first-ever demountable, transportable, and reusable stadium in the World and the third stadium FIA has developed for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and its structure is based on shipping containers that can be easily assembled or disassembled as required.
- Lower Construction Costs
The main sustainable feature of the Ras Abu Aboud project is lower construction costs. The utilisation of prefabricated and modular elements during the stadium design will reduce the waste generated during the production of stadium components, as well as during construction. The modular approach will also minimise the construction time of the venue. The stadium structure will also have a reduced CO2 footprint due to minimal construction material used and waste generated.
- GSAS certification
The sustainable approach is expected to help the stadium achieve four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification.