|Category||Design being implemented|
|Tournament||World Cup 2022|
|Design||AECOM, Zaha Hadid Architects|
|Contractor||MIDMAC, PORR QATAR|
Description: Al-Wakrah Stadium
Creating the design for Al-Wakrah's new stadium was assigned to AECOM and Zaha Hadid in June 2013, while first renderings of the venue were shown in November of that year.
The stadium was designed with links to local maritime traditions, using waves on the roof cover and wooden ribs underneath the cladding to make the interior of the roof resemble the structure of traditional boats.
Under main roof arches of 230m each there are stands for 44,000-45,000 people on two tiers. The entire upper ring of seating is to be demounted once games of the 2022 World Cup end, leaving half the initial capacity.
The stadium is to ensure comfortable temperatures to fans with shade, aerodynamics and mechanical ventilation systems used to minimise the impact of heat.
Around the stadium a vast 585,000 public space is planned with two training fields cooled to 26 degrees, two indoor halls, four tennis courts and two basketball pitches, among other sporting infrastructure. Also a 10,000 sqm retail complex and a four-star 150-room hotel are planned.
Qatar 2022: Work on Al Wakrah Stadium’s steel structure to begin soon
Main construction works at Al Wakrah Stadium are in full swing and are advancing towards the start of the superstructure phase, the site’s project manager has confirmed.
Qatar 2022: Perfect turf for the World Cup already growing
They’ve still got years before any game will be played, but the Qatari hosts are researching various types of turf to ensure the best quality for the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar 2022: Hadid’s only stadium to begin growing
Despite her impressive portfolio, Zaha Hadid only managed to design one stadium that will be built. Now we can begin counting down from the 30 months it will take it to rise.
Qatar 2022: Organisers assure stadium sites are safe
According to the hosts of 2022 World Cup the working conditions for foreigners have improved beyond comparison with previous years. Most recent report suggests only two deaths.
Qatar 2022: Contractor selected for Al Wakrah Stadium
Foundations are laid in place, now time for the spectacular part: Zaha Hadid’s first stadium will start growing in 2016 and be ready by the end of 2018.
Qatar 2022: World Cup stadium every 6 miles?!
The Supreme Committee gave names of two last stadium locations for the 2022 World Cup. It turns out most stadiums will be within walking distance from one-another.
StadiumDB comment: She’s Hadid, just stop
When you publicly accuse someone of being partly culpable for the deaths of 1,200 people, how can you limit your apology to “we’re happy to accept there is no evidence of deaths” a few hours later?!
Qatar 2022: Can holograms enhance matchday experience?
Upon entry to the stadium you receive high-tech glasses which then allow you to display various sorts of content in hologram form while watching the game. Can this become Qatar’s major innovation for their World Cup?
Qatar 2022: Venue shortlist expected by year end
They promised 12 stadiums, but may built even 4 less. While we still don’t know which ones will be cut, finally a deadline was presented for final selection.
Qatar 2022: Entire World Cup in one city? It’s possible…
While FIFA never allows the host country to have more than to stadiums per city, they made quite an exception for Qatar. In fact, in 2022 the furthest host venue might be just 30km from Doha.
New constructions: Al-Rayyan and Al-Wakrah Stadiums in progress
While it’s still not uncommon to come across news of workers dying at Qatari stadiums sites, we kindly remind everyone: work is only beginning, no-one could have died there.
New York: Hadid sued journalist who blamed her for deaths at stadium site
Zaha Hadid filed a lawsuit against New York Review of Books, as one of the authors found her co-responsible for the death of 1,000 workers at Al Wakrah Stadium. This cannot be true, because the stadium isn’t under construction yet.
2022 World Cup: Blatter admits selection of Qatar was a mistake
Sepp Blatter openly admitted that hosting the summer World Cup in Qatar was a mistake. In a following statement by FIFA the choice was called an ‘error’, but this doesn’t mean changing hosts. Rather a step towards winter World Cup instead…
Qatar: Enabling works to start in Al-Wakrah
The Supreme Committee awarded first contract for Al-Wakrah Stadium. Preparatory works on site should allow cornerstone mounting in September and actual construction at year end.
Qatar: List of 2022 World Cup stadiums still not set
FIFA agreed to cut the host venue list from 12 to as few as 8 stadiums. Despite 9 months passing since that decision, final selection of arenas is yet to be determined.
Qatar: Zaha Hadid outraged by vaginal associations
It's been just a week since the first final concept for 2022 World Cup was presented and already we have a scandal around it. The Al Wakrah concept went viral with people seeing a vagina in it. What started as a joke became a feminist/equality manifesto, according to some. The architect behind the “vagina” is outraged by people reading into things that aren't there.
New design: Al-Wakrah Stadium
The long awaited design by AECOM and Zaha Hadid is now revealed and raising eyebrows. Futuristic, but with elements of traditional symbolism of Al-Wakrah, the southernmost city of 2022 World Cup.