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Qatar hires managers for first World Cup stadium

KEO will be project manager and AECOM will be head design consultant for Al Wakrah Stadium

Qatar hires managers for first World Cup stadium
An aerial view of a 45,000 capacity stadium located in Al Wakrah in the south of Qatar.

Qatar has appointed the lead project manager and design consultant for the first of its World Cup 2022 stadia, it was announced on Thursday.

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee announced it has appointed KEO as the project manager and AECOM as the design consultant for its Al Wakrah Stadium.

The statement confirmed the top-tiers of the 45,000-seater stadium will be modular and, following the tournament, the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 20,000. The remaining 25,000 seats will be removed, donated and re-constructed in countries that require assistance in developing sporting infrastructure.

"This is an important step for us as we deliver on our innovative hosting concept," said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.

"We are looking forward to working with our partners on Al Wakrah Stadium to construct an amazing sporting facility that both serves the local community and integrates with Al Wakrah's fabric. We are delighted with the sustainable legacy that this stadium, as well as forthcoming ones, will leave behind for Qatar and the world."

AECOM will work with Zaha Hadid Architects on the design and delivery of the stadium. The statement also confirmed KEO and AECOM will undertake a community survey of the residents of Al Wakrah, aimed at gauging public opinion on development of the area surrounding the stadium.

Qatar is poised to spend $130bn on infrastructure projects ahead of hosting the FIFA World Cup tournament in 2022, according to a report in October 2012 by KFH-Research.

Construction of Qatar's first stadium for the 2022 World Cup tournament will start in 2013, officials from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said in October 2012.

Earlier this week, Qatar hired IMG and Amsterdam Arena as stadium operations consultants for the prestigious football tournament.

In a statement, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said that the two would assist on the development of business cases for all of the competition venues during the event, including stadia and their precincts, as well as training sites.

Amsterdam Arena and IMG will also perform technical reviews of each stadium at every design phase, on aspects including safety and security, maintenance, technology integration, catering and commercial strategies.

“By involving us in this early stage and letting us develop the programme wide strategies on various subjects we can optimally contribute to the organisation of the World Cup,” said Henk Markerink, CEO, Amsterdam Arena.

Amsterdam Arena is the owner and operator of the Dutch city’s multifunctional football stadium, which is home to top tier club AFC Ajax and recently hosted the UEFA Europa League Final. IMG, based in New York, is one of the world’s biggest venue management firms.

Last month it emerged that Qatar is negotiating with FIFA, football’s world governing body, to reduce the number of stadia it builds for the 2022 World Cup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said.

The oil and gas-rich Gulf nation had asked to cut the number of stadiums from 12 to eight or nine amid rising costs, the US bank said in a statement to investors.

Qatar’s World Cup bid states it would spend about $4bn on stadiums, including expanding three existing venues and building nine new state-of- the-art stadiums with capacities of at least 43,000 each.

However, Bank of America Merrill Lynch head of emerging market fixed income strategy Alberto Ades said the total cost for infrastructure for the World Cup would likely exceed the bank’s initial estimate of $95bn.

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Anon 6 years ago

It ain't gonna happen but let them play it out for a couple more years.

procan 6 years ago

Agreed Anon , perhaps the should only hire there own people. As they are brilliant in all fields. Best mangers, scientist , engineers , and legal experts under they desert Sun. After all the West is so jealous of them they can just pull it together with the own people. And when it all falls to pieces they will have no one blame other than themselves. 2022 or bust.

Qatari 6 years ago

Opinions aside, the fact is Qatar still has the hosting right for WC2022. Qatar can and will finance the construction of whatever is needed for the event. Speculators agreed that this event will be one of the best WC events to ever happen. As for you continuous hatred\negative comments towards Qatar, we have a saying in Arabic "If you're stabbed at the back, then you are certainly at the front". Try harder guys.

JoeMac 6 years ago

I wonder who will be building the stadiums.
There will be contractors experienced in stadiums but if Wembley is an example I can't see Qutar putting up with delays and overruns.