The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy announced that all stadiums will be ready two years before the 2022 World Cup, adding that two more stadiums will be ready by the year-end 2018.
Director of Communications in the Supreme Committee Fatima Al Nuaimi said that the committee plans to complete the work of the main contractor in all stadiums two years before the date of hosting the tournament. She added that the main contractor’s work in the other stadiums is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018: Al-Bayt Stadium and Al Wakra Stadium.
The Khalifa International Stadium, also the venue for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, was completed last year.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy shared photographs of the roofs being installed at Al-Bayt Stadium with a tweet saying, “With its external fabric similar to the traditional Arabian tents, and the parts of its roof are being installed!”
Located at Al Khor City 40km north of Doha, the 60,000-seat stadium was designed to emulate a traditional nomadic Qatari tent.
The roof structure is being designed by a German design firm before being further detailed and manufactured in Italy and then sent directly to Qatar for installation.
The Al Bayt Stadium’s facade structure is also being assembled in Germany, where it is being shaped and painted to represent a traditional nomadic tent. The fabric engulfing the facade is one-of-a-kind and has been developed specifically for Al Bayt Stadium. The facade will be transported over various shipments to Turkey, where it will be cut and fabricated into its final installation-ready form to be fitted at the stadium.
The facade will be made of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a white type of plastic mixed with other components, which is used in well-known football venues like the Allianz Arena in Munich and Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
The 40,000 capacity, $575 million (465 million euros) Al-Wakrah Stadium is also expected to be completed by December. One of the major tasks ahead is to fit the stadium’s distinctive retractable roof — meant to resemble the sails of a traditional dhow fishing boat — comprised of some 1,400 pieces, which will be pre-assembled in Italy, then shipped to Qatar.