Al Shamal Sport Club Stadium
|City||Madinat ash Shamal|
|Clubs||Al Shamal SC|
Description: Al Shamal Stadium
Construction of the new football stadium in Qatar's northernmost town of Al Shamal began in 2008. With a capacity of 5,000 people, the ground was opened in 2011. Along with it two side pitches and club offices of the multi-section side Al Shamal SC.
Its unique feature is the architecture that resembles – very literally – the local monument, Al Zubara Fort. Tall stone walls and four towers in each corner (also mimicking the fort is their shaped – three are circular and one rectangular) surround the stands. Each of the towers hides a telescopic floodlight mast.
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