Qatar is making progress towards the 2022 World Cup with stadium progress. The new design of Al Rayyan Stadium, the fifth proposed stadium for the football tournament, was unveiled in April 2015.
The Al Rayyan Stadium was built next to the existing Al Rayyan Sports Clubs stadium. It is the former Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, which has recently been demolished. During the World Football Championship, the stadium will accommodate 40,000 football fans. The stadium, therefore, has enough capacity to host both group matches and matches in the knockout phase. After the tournament, the number of seats will be reduced to 21,000. The top ring of seats will be removed and shipped to emerging countries for use in their sports facilities.
The Al Rayyan Stadium will be the home stadium of Qatar’s most successful club, Al Rayyan. The stadium’s design fits nicely into the landscape of the host city and the community. The buildings surrounding the stadium contain various (sports) facilities that can be used by the local population, including a mosque, athletics track, cricket field, tennis court, hockey field, football training fields, skate park and a bicycle track.
The stadium has 210,000 cubic meters of soil excavated for the new Al Rayyan Stadium. The foundation, parking lot and the new football field were dug 6 meters deep. The environment will be transformed entirely by 2019, when construction is completed, partly due to the new Dukhan highway, the Doha Metro and a new shopping area.
The proposed stadium for matches up to and including the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup will become the home of Al Rayyan Club after the tournament. This football club is the current champion of the Stars League. The stadium is a short walk from the Doha Metro station and close to the new Mall of Qatar. Therefore, it makes the stadium extremely suitable to serve as a local community place with sports facilities.
The first cement has recently been poured, and workers are continuing to build the 40,000-seat football stadium. The Al Rayyan Stadium is also inspired by tradition and culture. More than 100,000 m3 of cement and 6,700 tons of steel will be used to realize the stadium. The Al Rayyan Stadium in Qatar has been voted the Stadium Design of the Year 2016.