Stadium 974 Timeline
On 20 November 2021, a digital launch was held for Stadium 974 – ahead of the venue hosting its first six matches during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™.
The design of Stadium 974 was first revealed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects on 26 November 2017. The world was presented with the most innovative of the new FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums to be built, created using shipping containers that would also carry the additional materials for construction. 974 is the exact number of containers used in construction, and the international dialling code for Qatar – inspiring the venue’s name.
Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi said the groundbreaking project to build a 'fully demountable' venue would serve as a benchmark for stadiums throughout the world – and form another of the tournament's lasting legacies.
On 28 May 2018 Qatari firm HBK Contracting was announced as the main contractor for Stadium 974.
Stadium 974’s excavations were completed by July 2019. This was also when the first batch of containers arrived on site, ready to be installed.
On 10 May 2020 the bulk of the remaining containers were delivered to the stadium site – taking the total to 923 out of the 974 required. The fabrication of steel for the structure was at 94% complete, and the development of the steel structure was 33% complete.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited Stadium 974 in September 2021. He was able to see the pitch, which had been laid in April 2021, and other finishing touches – two months ahead of the stadium’s digital launch.