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Qatar's Al Wakrah Stadium begins to take shape

First concrete has been laid above ground at 2022 FIFA World Cup venue which will hold 40,000 spectators

Qatar's Al Wakrah Stadium begins to take shape

The Al Wakrah Stadium, which is being built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, is starting to take shape after the first concrete has been laid above ground.

The construction milestone at Al Wakrah, which will hold 40,000 spectators on completion, comes as work at five proposed host venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is currently underway.

Abdulla Al-Marri, senior project engineer at the Al Wakrah Precinct, said: “We have started laying the foundation of 168 cubic metres of structural concrete in our east slab.

"This is an important achievement, being the first above-ground casting of concrete at the site which will incorporate the structural elements to begin vertical construction.”

With this accomplishment, 55 of 84 structural piles were poured – each one measuring 19 metres in length and 1.2 metres in diameter – and distributed in six different sectors.

The first pile was cast in December 2014, a year after the designs for Al Wakrah Stadium were formally unveiled to the public and the site was declared the first proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Al-Marri said the priorities now for the enabling works contractor are to complete the drainage works and excavations around the stadium, and the casting of the foundations to allow the main work contractor to begin their work on the project.

The 40,000-seat stadium, future home of Al Wakrah Sports Club will be surrounded by approximately 560,000 sq m of legacy precinct with a new sports centre and community hub.

The precinct will deliver a range of community facilities, including a park, mosque, school, hotel, wedding hall, vocational training centre, and retail outlets.

The stadium will be reduced in legacy mode to 20,000 seats, with the upper tiers sent to developing countries in need of sporting infrastructure.

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