Education City Stadium
|Inauguration||03/09/2020 (Al-Kharitiyath - Al-Sadd, 1-5)|
|Construction||2016 - 15/06/2020|
|Design||Pattern Design, RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects|
|Structural engineer||Buro Happold, Arup|
|Contractor||J&P Qatar WLL, Conspel Qatar WLL, J& P-Avax S.A, J&P|
|Address||Education City, Al-Rayyan, Doha, Qatar|
Education City Stadium – stadium description
The stadium was built in Al-Rayyan, 15 kilometres away from the city centre of Doha. The facility is easily accessible by public transport, especially by underground lines. Education City Station is just 500 metres away.
On December 2, 2014, the stadium design was presented. Construction formally began in 2016, but preparatory works continued from 2013, when over 650,000 cubic metres of desert soil began to be cleared from the construction site. In July 2018, the main concrete structure was completed, which gave an overview of the final shape of the venue.
Roof's big lift started in November 2018 and by July 2019, both the roof and the facade were ready. In the same year in November seats were installed. June 15, 2020 was the official day of completion of construction works.
The enclosed outer shell is shaped to resemble a diamond, highly reflective during the day and illuminated with thousands of diodes in the night. It also enables better thermal control of the interior, where conditions, regardless of the weather, guarantee the comfort of watching the match at a temperature of 24-28 degrees Celsius. The stadium was built slightly lower than the ground level, which has a positive effect on thermal insulation and temperature control.
The auditorium was divided into 3 levels. The highest one will be dismantled after the 2022 World Cup, reducing capacity to around 25,000. The seats will be donated to developing countries.
The stadium has 39 sky boxes, each of which can accommodate from 9 to 36 persons. Each of them has its own kitchen. In addition, the Education City Stadium has 6 media pavilions and a conference room for 150 people.
The roof of the stadium is covered with metallic panels and the whole structure is arranged in a diamond pattern. The canopy consists of tensile steel cables, which serve as a basis for segments of steel truss. The outer part of the building is decorated with 5,200 triangles connected with each other in shapes resembling diamonds, and their colours change depending on the angle of the sun's rays. This is why the stadium is called "Desert Diamond". The facade is lit at night with LED diodes and is equipped with solar panels that supply the stadium with 20% of the energy needed
On a daily basis, when the venue is not in use, electricity from photovoltaic panels supplies the nearby sports, educational and medical facilities. Education City Stadium saves around 55% more water compared to traditional stadiums thanks to its low-flow plumbing. Near the facility, a swimming pool, a surfing hall, a golf course and a medical centre were built.
Qatar 2022: World Cup concluded!
On Sunday, everything became clear. The World Cup winner, after a 36-year hiatus, is once again Argentina, who defeated France in a penalty shootout at the end of a exciting match. On Saturday, Croats won a bronze medal following a victory over Morocco. So, let us now wrap up the World Cup from the stadiums perspective.
Qatar 2022: Final showdown excitement ahead!
The World Cup is slowly coming to an end, but there are still two key matches to be played that will decide who will bring home the medals and of what metal. Croatia and Morocco will face each other for the bronze on Saturday and Argentina and France in the grand final on Sunday. Expect a lot of action!
Qatar 2022: Check out our coverage of the World Cup!
The World Cup can be entertaining. There is no shortage of beautiful goals, excitement until the 100th (sic!) minute, controversial refereeing calls and defeats for the favourites. But, we are especially interested in Qatar's stadiums, and if you somehow missed the events of recent weeks, we are here to help.
Qatar 2022: What's wrong with the stadium attendance?
The whole football world has wondered why FIFA, in its official figures on the number of fans in the stands at the ongoing World Cup, states that there were more supporters than seats available in the stadium. This situation has happened several times before, so we explain what this is all about.
Qatar 2022: World Cup inaugurated!
On Sunday, November 20 at 5pm (CET), the first whistle at the football World Cup was blown by the referee. In the opening match, the Qatari national team clashed with Ecuador. Earlier, the opening ceremony took place. Although it lacked big stars, it was still very impressive.
Qatar 2022: FIFA World Cup kicks off today!
On November 20 at 5pm (CET), the great countdown will come to an end. A few months later than usual, in an uncharacteristic aura, the world's best footballers will hit the Qatari pitches. To celebrate the tournament, our editorial team has prepared a special stadium feature for you.
Qatar 2022: Sensory rooms at 3 out of 8 WC stadiums
The first FIFA World Cup to be played in the Middle East is approaching rapidly, as it will begin in just 2.5 months' time. To prepare well for the tournament, Qatar has undergone extensive changes, promising to host the most accessible championship of all time.
Qatar 2022: New report critical of the WC's environmental impact
The upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar was hailed as the most environmentally friendly in history. Its organisers boasted that the World Cup will have net zero emissions related to the carbon dioxide. A newly published report dispels these hopes. The carbon footprint of the Qatari tournament could be even eight times greater than expected!
Qatar 2022: Fighting for climate or saving the image?
The upcoming World Cup in Qatar raises as many controversies and question marks as it does positive associations with the football tournament itself. Air-conditioned stadiums, the fight against environmentalists, climate neutrality and much more. Meet the lights and shadows of the first ever WC to be played in December.
Qatar: All you need to know about Arab Cup 2021
The game between Qatar and Bahrain will open the Arab Cup 2021 that starts today. The tournament sees 32 games and 16 teams from across the Arab world coming to compete in Qatar.
Stadium of the Year: 10 Jury Award finalists selected!
While all 20 candidates are still competing for the Public Award, the Jury Award’s list just became shorter. Here are the 10 best stadiums, as decided by our Jury.
Stadium of the Year: Don’t forget, YOU select the next best stadium!
Almost two thirds of the Popular Vote are behind us, time for an update. We’re nearing 14,000 votes, is yours part of that number? See why we’re asking.
New stadium: Desert Diamond undergoing baptism by fire
Education City Stadium opened last year, but it is now undergoing a real test. At the moment, the overdue 2020 FIFA Club World Cup is being played in Qatar. Four matches, including the final are scheduled at the stadium located in the suburbs of the capital.
Stadium of the Year 2020: Time for You to nominate!
Late January is traditionally the time for us to ask you, which stadiums deserve recognition after the past 12 months. But, since 2020 was an exceptional year, this time we’re changing one criterion. You probably already know which one...