Khalifa International Stadium
|Renovations||1984, 2003-2005, 2014-2017|
|Design||Arup Sport, DHG, Cox Richardson Architects & Planners|
Khalifa Stadium – stadium description
Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976. It is the largest arena in Qatar. It's the heart of Doha's largest sports education center, located in the western district of Al Aziziyah. It saw some of the greatest events, including Asian Games 2006 and various internationals. Of course main use was still provided by Qatar National Football Team.
In 1984 the venue was reopened after minor renovations. Between 2003-2005, major alterations were put in place with a brand new cable net fabric roof over the western stand. The eastern stand received an arch over it for lights systems. Facilities include two swimming pools underneath the south stand and a car park for 150 vehicles.
With Qatar being announced host of the 2022 World Cup, yet another major overhaul was envisioned. The Stadium was to reach capacity of 68,030, but that plan has later been revised. With no legacy need for a venue of that size, capacity was instead reduced to just 48,000, even despite additional upper tier above the east stand.
Completely new functions have been planned underneath the improved structure: 10,000 m2 of retail space, further 10,000 m2 of VIP/corporate hospitality zones. And that’s not even half the new space, because floor surface of the stadium is likely to grow by 48,000 m2, including the freestanding Qatar Olympic Museum next to the stadium, connected with a pedestrian bridge.
The stadium had its iconic roof rebuilt entirely with new arches, this time on both sides of the stadium, each rising to roughly 120 meters! Beneath the cable tensile structure new cooling system was implemented to guarantee optimal viewing conditions.
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 would we do without the Japanese?
Dirty money, top-level matches and broadcast to almost every corner of the globe. The World Cup in Qatar has many faces, but the most heartwarming scenes involve small gestures. Sometimes not even that small, as the Japanese fans cleaned up the entire stadium after their victory against Germany.
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: 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 2022: Lusail as the cherry on top, final stadium coming
Qatar's largest stadium and the golden stadium of the 2022 World Cup is expected to be delivered in September. Opening could take place in December, should all go well. By then, all stadia of the tournament will be ready.
Qatar: Two years for the FIFA World Cup 2022 kick off!
Today marks exactly two years until the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup. The next tournament hosted by Qatar will take place at eight stadiums from the 21st November to 18nd December 2022. During such time, we will witness 64 matches.
Qatar 2022: Opening game at Al Bayt, full schedule here
All of the match schedule for the 2022 World Cup has been presented today. Both the tournament and its knock-out stage will begin at Al Bayt Stadium, while the final, on Dec 18, will be housed by Lusail Stadium.
Qatar 2022: Third record in turf laying
The Qataris are in a league of their own when it comes to unrolling playing fields. Last year they deivered the field in 13 hours, in March went down to 9 hours. Now it's less than 7 hours and they're not finished yet...
Qatar 2022: Abuses remain despite significant progress
Latest external audit indicates that Qatar is yet to fully comply with international norms regarding worker welfare. At the same time, auditors praise great progress made in many areas.
Qatar 2022: Khalifa Stadium ready, opening on Friday
Even if 4 months behind schedule, it's ready for use over 5 years before the 2022 World Cup. Former national stadium of Qatar will open its doors on Friday to host the Emir Cup final.
Qatar 2022: Khalifa Stadium slightly delayed
The tallest stadium of 2022 World Cup won’t be ready this year, as was initially planned. But the slip is minor and won’t affect any major event. Khalifa Stadium in full grace coming soon, by March 2017.
Qatar 2022: Khalifa Stadium reaches height of 120 meters!
The very last segment of Khalifa Stadium’s roof arch has been installed and now the stadium is 120 meters high. This marks another milestone for Qatar’s first 2022 World Cup stadium to be ready.
Qatar 2022: Khalifa Stadium awarded for sustainability
The design of Khalifa International Stadium, which is currently under renovation and due to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016, has won recognition for achieving sustainability standards.
Qatar 2022: Worker abuses ongoing on construction sites?
Amnesty International released a troubling report about working conditions in Qatar. It’s hardly as catastrophic as you may think, but shows continuing and partly unresolved issues for migrants.
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.