The new stadium joins 3 of the eight World Cup stadiums, which have been declared ready, which are Khalifa International Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, and Education City Stadium.
The stadium will host 7 World Cup matches from the group stage to the eighth of the final, and can accommodate 40,000 fans, and will become the official headquarters of Al Rayyan club after the end of the World Cup.
The Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Hassan Al-Thawadi, said that the inauguration of the new stadium “represents another major milestone on the road towards 2022”. He explained that the stadium will leave a lasting legacy for Al Rayyan Sports Club and the Al Rayyan community.
Al-Thawadi indicated that the preparations for hosting the World Cup are proceeding according to the scheduled schedule, as more than 90% of the infrastructure projects allocated to the tournament have been completed.
He said that the committee will announce the readiness of more stadiums next year, provided that all stadiums will be completed in sufficient time before the start of the tournament matches, allowing them to test their readiness to receive thousands of fans from around the world.
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One of the most important features of the new stadium is its shiny external façade, which includes in its design symbols and shapes that embody aspects of life in Qatar, such as family interconnectedness, the beauty of the desert nature and wildlife, and local and international trade, all of these symbols meet in perfect harmony within a fifth form in the shape of the shield, which It symbolizes the interconnectedness, strength and durability that characterizes society throughout Qatar.
Environmental sustainability aspects were taken into account in the design of the new stadium in order to reduce its carbon footprint, and included several steps, including the use of recycled building materials from the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, which used to occupy the site of the new stadium, and the preservation of trees in the surrounding environment without compromising them to preserve the original nature of the place. .
The new stadium received 3 prestigious certificates from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), in the four-star design and construction sustainability, the first-class construction management, and the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, which are awarded by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD). GORD).
It is noteworthy that it is decided to dismantle the seats of the upper stands in the new stadium after the curtain falls on the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and then reuse them in the development of sports and non-sport projects in Qatar and the world. The facilities surrounding the stadium will also become vital sports centers that meet the needs and aspirations of the region’s people.
Residents of Al-Rayyan area will benefit from a wide range of sports facilities and equipment, including 6 football fields, a cricket ground, as well as a horse riding track, a cycling track, as well as equipment for exercise and an athletics track.