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.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy announced the date for Al Rayyan Stadium presentation. On April 22 the world will see how this 40,000-capacity venue will look in 2022. Just as promised, it’s going to be downsizes after the World Cup and half of its capacity will be donated to developing countries.
Until 2014 Al Rayyan (western suburb of Doha) had the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, which was entirely dismantled in March this year. The process took half a year, but ended with a great percentage of 90% of the stadium being recycled.
Initial concept for Al Rayyan Stadium was drawn back in 2009 by Albert Speer (below) and envisaged the stands (both permanent and temporary) wrapped in what was to be the world’s largest screen. That vision is now obsolete, but just like in one previous case, it may be somewhat included in the final design.
Currently four stadium designs are known. The Supreme Committee presented final concepts for the Al Bayt Stadium (Al Khor), Al Wakrah Stadium (Al Wakrah), Khalifa Stadium (Doha) and Qatar Foundation Stadium (Doha).
Further announcements are to be made within months of one-another, while we still await the final selection of host cities. Instead of 12 initially promised stadiums, Qatar may end up with building as few as 8, but more likely 9-10 stadia.