By Andy Sambidge
Khalifa International Stadium plans will include 40,000 seats, sports museum and cooling technology
Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and the Aspire Zone Foundation have unveiled the renovated design for Khalifa International Stadium, the third proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The redevelopment includes revamping the venue to include a seating capacity of 40,000 during the tournament in order to be compliant with FIFA’s stadium requirements for hosting group, round-of-16 and quarter final matches.
Additionally, innovative cooling technology will be incorporated to ensure an optimal playing temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.
The announcement was made at a ceremonial dinner held in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, on the sidelines of the 22nd Gulf Cup.
Built in 1976, and renovated for the Asian Games in 2006, Khalifa International Stadium will undergo a comprehensive renovation to meet the FIFA standards for World Cup stadiums, which will include adding a new building to the east wing, and building a single roof to cover the whole seating area.
Among the new additions, the stadium will include the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. This museum will include historic sport collections and interactive exhibits, demonstrating the strong relationship that connects Qatar with world sports.
Food courts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health centre will also be available on the upper and lower concourses to be built in the east wing.
A new road network along with two new metro stations in the surrounding area will connect the stadium to public transport, allowing it to be easily accessible. Meanwhile, the close distance between the stadium and its surrounding hotels and shopping centre will make walking an enjoyable experience.
Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “Unveiling the design of our third proposed World Cup host venue from Riyadh shows how much the World Cup is welcomed by all the countries and peoples of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, which has been supporting us since the early days of our bid.
"It also demonstrates our determination and firm commitment to deliver on an amazing tournament, creating a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Gulf States and the whole region.”For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.