Though the bidding process and subsequent construction of the Qatar 2022 World Cup has been fraught with allocations of corruption and malpractice, one of the biggest sporting events on the planet does appear to still be heading to the Middle East. As such, plans for the tournament’s stadia are now being unveiled. The latest of which is the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Doha which will be constructed mainly from shipping containers.

A Qatar World Cup Stadium Will Be Made from Shipping Containers

The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has been designed by Madrid-based firm, Fenwick Iribarren Architects. Planned for use during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the modular stadium will be constructed from shipping containers, which means it can be dismantled and moved to a new location after the football tournament.

Repurposed steel containers will be arranged in an ‘elegant curved square’ with each of the crates modified to contain elements of the 40,000-seat stadium, such as removable seats, concession stands, bathrooms, etc.


Using the adapted shipping containers as building blocks not only cuts down on the amount of building materials required – creating less waste and lowering the stadium’s carbon footprint – it also adds an interesting industrial aesthetic to the design. Though no plans have been made for the stadium post-tournament, the possibilities are endless with the shipping containers able to be broken down into smaller event spaces.


Due for completion in 2020, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be located on the waterfront of the downtown West Bay area with views of the Corniche, Doha’s 7 km-long landmark promenade development. The stadium is one of eight venues who’ll host games at 2022 FIFA World Cup. Check out more of Fenwick Iribarren Architects projects over at their Website.

Last week, Crystal Palace FC Chairman, Steve Parish unveiled ambitious plans to redevelop Selhurst Park, which could begin next year and will take the stadium’s capacity from 26,000 to 34,000.




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