The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha has undergone extensive renovation works which includes increased seat capacity up to 48,000. Ahead of the tournament, when it will host matches in the quarter-finals as organizers, see a 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium already delivered and fully operational is a great joy, besides giving them the confidence regarding the level of preparations in Qatar. There is undoubtedly strong commitment from the local authorities through the Supreme Committee and although 5 years seems a long way off, the benefit of time will make sure Qatar delivers an amazing tournament in 2022.
Renovation works include the installation of cooling technology that was promised during Qatar’s successful bid. The stadium will also be the first FIFA World Cup venue and the first stadium in the region to be lit by LED lighting. Other features include the installation of a larger roof over the entire spectator area, while an intricate net of German and Italian-made steel tension cables weighing 4,000 tonnes has been installed, which will hold 92 panels in place. The stadium was officially inaugurated by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani which was followed by the Emir Cup 2017, Qatar’s biggest domestic tournament.
Khalifa International Stadium is close to Qatari hearts and has seen some of Qatar’s biggest sporting occasions over the years since it was first launched in 1976. It was therefore a fitting venue for the biggest match of Qatar’s football calendar, the 2017 Emir Cup final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd. The innovative cooling technology used in the stadium brought on-pitch and spectator-area temperatures down to 20°C and 23°C, respectively, with the outside temperature marked at 37°C.