Al Bayt Stadium Timeline
Al Bayt Stadium hosted an amazing FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ Opening Ceremony on 30 November 2021, which celebrated Arab culture and traditions. Qatar v Bahrain followed – the first match at the stadium that will welcome the world to the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
The stadium design was revealed on 20 June 2014 by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Aspire Zone Foundation. The launch event focused on the future vision of the AI Khor area for local residents.
By 11 November 2015, on-site offices and accommodation for 2,700 workers had been put in place.
95% of foundation work, and all lower-tier walls, were completed by 8 November 2016. With 21 cranes on site, the assembly of the bowl and players’ tunnels was in full swing.
The first 2,500 modular seats – one of the stadium’s key legacy components – were delivered on 13 February 2017. Through to April 2017 a peak 3,000 workers were on site as overall construction reached 40% completion.
Work began installing the venue’s retractable 1,600-tonne roof on 3 September 2018. It plays a key role in regulating the stadium temperature for players and fans alike.
On 28 October 2018, the first instalments of the grass grown at the SC’s Turf Nursery were planted around the stadium, enhancing the precinct areas.
The stadium received a major sustainability award, a Class A* rating by GSAS for its design and build practices, on 4 November 2018.
The official opening of AI Bayt Park took place on 11 February 2020, Qatar National Sports Day. The park is the size of 30 football fields and features sport courts, play areas, exercise equipment, jogging and cycling tracks.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino toured Al Bayt Stadium in October 2021, two months before the venue’s first match. He even took to the field of play with a ball, saying: “Al Bayt Stadium is incredible: a true football stadium. It has a real football feel and a local touch.”