EXPLAINER: What’s post-World Cup future for Qatar’s stadiums

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The World Cup stadium was designed to leave the smallest footprint on the Qatari arena. It’s worth it now.

Stadium 974 he played seven host matches, the last of which was Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea in the circuit on Monday the 16th

They say the stadium in Qatar will be destroyed, but it is not clear what will happen. The Gulf nation will soon be watching the Asian Cup, many Asian Games and maybe even the Olympics.

See FIFA’s requirements for World Cup stadiums and what’s next for Qatar venues.

What does QATAR need?

FIFA clear specifications for the equipment of the World Host venues.

The main stadium holding at least 80,000 people for the final stage, at least more than the 60,000 capacity that should host the semifinal, and at least 40,000 more – although FIFA has Russia two under 35,000 dyed four years.

Qatar had a 12-stage plan when it bid for and won hosting rights in 2010.

About three years into the long-awaited 2022 tournament, that plan has been cut to eight stadiums.. Seven of them were built from scratch, and the Khalifa International Stadium was renovated ahead of hosting the 2019 world championships in track and field.

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FIFA accepted this because Qatari football simply does not need so many new venues. Nor did Qatar need such large venues for home games in the 12-team Qatar All-Star League, where games typically draw crowds of a few thousand.

There was a long term promise in the bid to cut one order from some venues after the tournament. Iron and seats would be donated to less wealthy countries in need of stadium infrastructure.

What was built in QATAR?

The exact cost of the stadium in Qatar is uncertain. The total expenditure on projects related to the preparation of the World Cup is estimated at about $200 billion.

What Qatar got for its money was seven new and distinctive arenas with strong arguments for taking inspiration from local culture.

Lusail Stadium’s capacity of 89,000 was designed after the crater; the 69,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium is modeled after a desert nomad’s tent; the Al Thumama Stadium like cap.

The Al Janoub Stadium designed by the late Zaha Hadid, the world’s most famous female architect, is said to have been inspired by the sails of a fishing boat. Many observers saw her as too feminine sweeping over the curved roof.

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Who built it?

Ten thousand migrant workers, mainly from South Asia, have been brought in to work in conditions that are the main controversy of this World Cup.

The number of workers who died or were injured in projects related to the tournament is uncertain, in part because Qatar did not collect data or track the deaths.

Qatar has reformed the so-called kafala system, which it provides to its employers, including European construction firms, and introduced a monthly minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals ($275).

But the rights activists say Qatar does not enforce its laws strictly enough.

FIFA has shown some will to oversee calls to create a compensation fund for the families of dead and injured immigrants.

The Qatari government dismissed the call as a public fool, and noted its commitment to ensuring workers get their free wages..

POST WORLD CUP strategy?

Much detail is uncertain as to where parts of the stadium will go, but many will be scaled again.

Lusail Stadium will incorporate “community spaces for schools, shops, cafes, sports facilities and health clinics,” said Qatari World Cup organizers. Al Bayt will have a five-star hotel, a man market and a sports medicine clinic.

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The two stadiums will be used by local soccer teams. Ahmad bin Ali Stadium is home to Al Rayyan club and Al Wakrah will play at Al Janoub.

Khalifa International Stadium is yet to host Qatar’s national team games, including additional qualifying games for the 2026 World Cup.


Some stadiums may be restored for the next Asian Cup to be held in January 2024.

Qatar officially picked up the hosting rights one month before the World Cup began, replacing China, which cited the COVID-19 pandemic to restore the tournament that was due to be staged in June 2023.

Maybe Stadium 974 could be blamed for starting the Asian championship in 13 months? Now the Doha Port area has been built to a Lego-like design with as many container ships as there are numbers in the international telephone code of Qatar.

Qatar also needs venues to host the 2003 Asian Gamesmulti-sport championships that have more athletes competing than the Olympics.

Then the big prize is to want the Qatar Olympic: Summer Games as soon as 2036.


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