Qatar still to decide on total number of stadiums

28 February 2017

Qatar is currently working on eight stadiums

Qatar will make a final decision on the total number of world cup stadiums in May this year, according to Nasser al-Khater, Assistant Secretary- General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

Speaking on Qatari television, Al-Khater said “now we are focusing on eight stadiums that would host the world Cup 2022 but final decision regarding the number of stadiums will be taken in May this year.”

Al-Khater also said that the “[Khalifa stadium] will be the first stadium to be ready and will be opened by the end of second quarter of 2017. This will be followed by Al-Khor and Al-Wakrah stadiums that are slated to be completed by end of 2018. Al-Rayan and Qatar Foundation stadiums will open in 2019 while the remaining stadiums will be also ready by the end of 2020.”

Earlier this month the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy awarded the contract to build the $342.5m stadium at Al-Thumama to a joint venture of the local Al-Jaber Engineering and Turkey’s Tekfen Construction.

Also known as the Fifth Precinct, the stadium will seat 40,000 people and will host matches up to the quarter-finals of football’s Fifa 2022 World Cup. The stadium will have a reduced capacity of 20,000 seats after the tournament as part of the supreme committee’s modular stadium legacy plans.

The stadium is located on a 515,400-square-metre site that already has four outdoor training pitches and office facilities currently used by the Technical Committee of the Qatar Football Association.

Other world cup stadiums planned or underway:

Lusail Stadium

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy confirmed in late 2016 that it has appointed a joint venture of the local HBK Contracting and China Railway Construction Corporation as the main contractor for the Lusail Stadium.

The 80,000-seat stadium is the largest planned for football’s Fifa 2022 World Cup, and will be used to host the tournament’s final match

Qatar Foundation stadium

In July 2016 Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides was selected for the contract to build the 2022 World Cup stadium at Education City. The stadium will have a capacity of about 45,000 and is scheduled for completion in 2018. It will be used to host Fifa World Cup 2022 matches up to the quarter-final stage.

Al-Rayyan World Cup stadium

In June 2016, a joint venture of India’s Larsen & Toubro and the local Al-Balagh Trading & Contracting was awarded a deal to build the Al-Rayyan World Cup stadium. The 45,000-seat stadium will host group matches during the World Cup.

Al-Wakrah stadium

A joint venture of the local Midmac Contracting Company and Austria’s Porr was awarded the contract to build Al-Wakrah stadium in 2015.

The stadium will have the capacity to seat 45,000 people during football’s Fifa World Cup 2022. In May 2014, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy awarded local HBK Contracting Company the enabling works contract.In May 2013, Aecom was appointed design consultant and the local office of Kuwait-based KEO Consultants as project manager for the Al-Wakrah stadium project.

Al-Bayt stadium

In July 2015, a joint venture of Italy’s Salini Impregilo, the local Galfar Engineering and Italy’s Cimolai was awarded the €770m ($850m) contract by the local Aspire Zone to build the Al-Bayt stadium in Al-Khor.

Khalifa Stadium

In April 2014, Qatar awarded the first World Cup stadium construction contract to a joint venture of Belgium’s Six Construct and local Midmac. The estimated $300m contract involves upgrading the existing Khalifa Stadium and increasing the seating capacity of the stadium to 60,000, from the current 45,000. The 24-month contract also include the renovation of the museum at the surrounding Khalifa Sports City. 

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