Al Wakrah Stadium Design Launched
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) unveiled the designs for Al Wakrah Stadium and Precinct at a press event in Doha. The 40,000-seat stadium was designed by AECOM and Zaha Hadid Architects.
Taking the dhow boats that carried generations of Qatari fishermen and pearl divers as inspiration, Al Wakrah Stadium resembles the sail of the dhow. The stadium's design emphasises light, space and the colours and geometric patterns well-known to fans of traditional Arabic art and architecture. To ensure that FIFA's and the SC's sustainability requirements are met, Al Wakrah Stadium will target a Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) 4 Star rating and LEED Gold certification.
Al Wakrah Stadium will be capable of hosting group stage, round of 16 and quarterfinal matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. A natural grass pitch cooled to an optimal temperature of 26 degrees Celsius will ensure players' comfort, while spectator stands will be 24-28 degrees Celsius.
After the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the 20,000-seat upper tier of Al Wakrah Stadium will be disassembled and distributed to developing nations that lack sporting infrastructure.
The remaining 20,000-seat stadium will become the new home of the Al Wakrah Sports Club and the surrounding 586,000 m2 Al Wakrah Precinct will serve as a gathering point for the community, with parks, pedestrian paths, schools, a wedding hall and numerous sport facilities.
AECOM is the Design Consultant on the project, with KEO International Consultants serving as the Project Manager.