The bidding process and construction of the Qatar 2022 World Cup might have been fraught with controversy, but it does look like one of the biggest sporting events on the planet will still be heading to the Middle East. Well, every major event needs its centre piece. Introducing the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium, which is set to host the World Cup Final in 2022.
Designed by Foster + Partners, the Lusail Stadium will be located nine miles north of central Doha, the capital of Qatar. The stadium will host both the opening and closing games of the tournament, with the golden bowl said to reference Arabic architecture, as well as “intricately detailed bowls” that have been created in the Middle East for centuries.
“The new stadium is a nod to our past and a symbol of an exciting future,” said Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. Though technically not in Doha itself, Lusail was once the home of Qatar’s founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani.
Following the 2022 World Cup, the majority of the seats will be removed and the stadium will be transformed into a community centre which will host a school, a health clinic and a café, as well as housing built under the stadium’s roof and, of course, a community football pitch.
The Lusail Stadium is one of 10 being built for the Qatar World Cup. Late last year, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects was unveiled. 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.
All images courtesy of Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.