Qatar’s first stadium has been completed ahead of the World Cup 2022, five years before the tournament begins – and it is air conditioned.
According to Al Jazeera, Khalifa International Stadium, the first completed stadium for the World Cup will be officially opened on Friday.
First built in 1976, Khalifa International Stadium has been expanded to seat more than 40,000 fans and extensively renovated at a reported cost of USD 90 million, Daily Mail reported.
One of the key features is the cooling system at the Doha ground, which was the linchpin of the bid from the country to host football’s biggest tournament, as temperatures soar to 50 degrees, The Sun reported.
Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone.
“As we promised in our bid, our innovative stadiums offer an unrivalled experience to fans and players alike.
“I’m proud we can show these off to the world and welcome fans with the hospitality this World Cup will be remembered for.
“This is a venue which holds a very special place in Qatar’s sporting history, and over the years we have seen some of the greatest football players from Qatar, the region and world stars make their mark here.”
The stadium will host World Cup matches up to the quarter-final stage and provides the setting for Friday’s 2017 Emir Cup final, Qatar’s most prestigious domestic football tournament.
Published on 17 May 2017