Designs for another 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium have been unveiled.
The Al Rayyan Stadium, which will be built on the site of Al Rayyan Sports Club’s former stadium in Qatar, will host matches up to the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
When completed it will be able to hold 40,000 spectators, and feature sustainable cooling technology to ensure comfortable viewing conditions for fans and an optimal playing temperature for players throughout the year.
The capciity will be reduced after the World Cup to 21,000, when the upper tier of seats are removed.
Much of the materials reclaimed when the former stadium is demolished will be reused to build the new stadium. Some of the materials will also be used by local and international artists to create works of art reflecting the history of the club.
Secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi said: “Unveiling the design of Al Rayyan stadium is another important step forward in our preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“We will continue to work tirelessly as our vision for the tournament takes shape on the ground.
“As one of the most successful and widely-supported clubs in Qatar, Al Rayyan has always played an important part in our hosting plans. We are very confident that this impressively designed stadium and precinct will become a landmark for the Al Rayyan area and benefit the entire community.”
It is expected that the stadium will be completed in early 2019.