Nearly half of Al Bayt Stadium’s capacity will consist of temporary seating. Installation of the first portion has now begun.
It’s been one of crucial promises of Qatar’s World Cup bid: stadiums are to be built largely with demountable seating, which would later be reused in other projects. There’s still no information about the latter part of Qatar’s commitment, but the first one is being delivered. First temporary seating section is now growing in Al Khor.
Al Bayt Stadium is getting a pilot section for some 2,500 seats in order to showcase how the eventual seating layout would look. Placed roughly 40 meters above ground level, the temporary seating sections will create the stadium’s uppermost tier.
Based on the concrete permanent structure, temporary parts will be created with steel elements, designed in Germany and manufactured in Italy. Only the seats themselves will be Qatari by design and origin. Overall nearly half of the stadium's capacity will be reached with temporary seats. Though planned for 32,000 people in the long term, the stadium will have 60,000 seats in 2022.
The first temporary section is being mounted atop the north stand, currently the only one resembling how the stadium will look in 2018, when finished. This is also where a test-section of the tent-alike membrane was mounted, to see how well it would fit in reality.
Other parts of the building are less advanced as the stadium is nearing the half-way point. Construction was launched in September 2015 and should take exactly three years to complete, being delivered well ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Projected price of the stadium is €770 million.