Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan Stadium) – until 2014
|Clubs||Al-Rayyan Sports Club, Al-Kharitiyath Sports Club|
Ahmed bin Ali Stadium – historical stadium description
When it was being built in 2003, the stadium of Al-Rayyan SC was located nearly 1 km away from Doha’s north-western outskirts, in desert surroundings. The remote location enabled the creation of a vast training complex, while at the same time it was clear than within a decade the place would be one of Doha’s new expansion zones. The football academy initially took over 55 hectares and then expanded to occupy 70+ hectares.
Upon opening – just for the 2003 Emir of Qatar Cup – the stadium was considered among the best in Qatar, in terms of size second only to Khalifa International Stadium. Its single-tiered stands had an oval footprint without a running track. Combined with steep rake, the stadium offered good conditions to watch football in. Distinctively, fans entered through 12 external towers, except for the main stand, which housed all facilities. It was also the only covered part of the stadium.
Because of its role in Qatari football and infrastructure, the stadium was an obvious choice for the 2022 World Cup bid. Initially the plan was to leave the existing stands in place and expand the stadium, however eventually demolition and building from scratch became the preferred solution. As much as 90% of the stadium was reused in the successor or other projects, once demolition proceeded in 2015.
Interestingly, you may still see the old stadium if you visit Doha. The city’s Than bin Jassim Stadium, home of Al-Gharafa, was built along the exact same documentation as the old Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.
New stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, the desert dune
A week from now it will be the star of FIFA’s Club World Cup, so high time we added the new stadium in Al Rayyan to StadiumDB.com! It’s worth the look, especially when lit up at night.
Qatar 2022: Al-Rayyan Stadium ready for National Day of Qatar
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has announced that the Al-Rayyan Stadium will be open on December 18th. The choice of the inauguration date was not accidental, as it falls on the Qatar National Day. This day is symbolic also because the final of the 2022 World Cup will be played in exactly 2 years from that date. Al-Rayyan stadium is the fourth venue of the 2022 World Cup that has been completed.
Qatar 2022: Contractors selected for Al Rayyan Stadium
Larsen and Toubro (L&T) yesterday said it has signed a contract along with its joint venture (JV) partner in Qatar to build a 40,000 seater stadium for $360 million.
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.
New design: Al-Rayyan Stadium
It’s the fifth design to be officially presented ahead of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. Just as promised, half of its stands will be only temporary.
Qatar 2022: Fifth World Cup design to be revealed
The Supreme Committee will reveal Al Rayyan Stadium design on April 22, making it the fifth World Cup venue to be officially presented. Demolition of the old one is complete.
Qatar: Over 90% of Al-Rayyan Stadium to be reused
We still don’t know the future concept, but it’s confirmed the old Al Rayyan stadium was successfully (and safely) demolished. Over 90% of the building is to be recycled.
Qatar: $6 for pretending to be a sports fan
Two thirds of Qataris are against it, but paying migrant workers to be a “fake crowd” is widespread in Qatar’s professional sport events. And many immigrants are happy to add something extra to their paycheck.
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.
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: Second 2022 World Cup design awarded
After recently opening the most modern stadium of United Arab Emirates, now London-based Pattern office gets to design the World Cup venue in Al-Rayyan.