The unique construction fabric used in Al Bayt Stadium-Al Khor City to resemble the inside of a traditional Bedouin tent, will be named after the iconic 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar proposed venue.
The state-of-the-art material made by Serge Ferrari Group in France will be known across the world as Bayt Line, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the body responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 World Cup, announced yesterday.
The stadium design is inspired by the bayt al sha’ar of nomadic peoples who have lived in Qatar for generations. Traditionally, the tents of nomadic tribes and families in Qatar could be identified by black stripes, like those that will feature on the arena’s distinctive exterior, and by the vibrant sadu patterns that will greet fans once inside the stadium.
The 60,000-seat capacity venue, which is located 60km north of Doha, continues to take shape with the recent completion of the primary roof steel structure and installation of the inner and outer façade membrane advancing rapidly.
The façade membrane – which will give the stadium its tent-like appearance – is made from an innovative material called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which has been used for similar developments around the world, including the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, and Allianz Arena, home of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
The PTFE for the exterior of the stadium was manufactured in Germany by Verseidag before being shipped to Turkey for fabrication, a process which included intricate cutting to deliver the final tent shape. The interior material was manufactured in France before being shipped to Turkey for the same process.
The construction of Al Bayt Stadium-Al Khor City, which will feature a retractable roof and state-of-the-art cooling technology, is being overseen by the SC. Aspire Zone Foundation is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the stadium.
Dr Nasser al-Hajeri, project director for Al Bayt Stadium-Al Khor City, said installing the membrane was a major milestone in getting the stadium ready for 2022.
“We are heading towards the delivery phase of this major stadium,” he explained. “The installation of the roof and façade membrane takes us another step closer to completion. Once this part of the project is finished, we will begin fitting the retractable roof system that will be one of the hallmarks of this venue.”
Commenting on the pace of construction, engineer Mohamed Ahmed, the SC’s Al Bayt Stadium-Al Khor City project manager, said: “Installing the first roof and membrane panels at the north end of the stadium means the entire structure is now visible for miles around. Construction is on progress across the precinct and related facilities, including the new energy centre building, which will provide innovative cooling technology for the entire venue once completed.”
Post-2022, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to about 30,000, with the upper tier of seats donated to countries in need of sporting infrastructure. The upper concourse, meanwhile, will be converted into a hotel. A host of facilities, including retail and entertainment venues – as well as an additional branch of the world-leading sports medicine clinic Aspetar – will be incorporated into the venue in legacy mode.
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