* Stadium 974 will host its first match during FIFA Arab Cup on November 30
* The new name of the stadium, formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud, reflects number of shipping containers used in the development and is also Qatar’s international dialling code
Stadium 974 has been officially unveiled and will host its first match on 30 November when the United Arab Emirates and Syria go head-to-head on the opening day of the FIFA Arab Cup.
Stadium 974 is the seventh tournament venue to be completed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and follows Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Bayt and Al Thumama in being declared ready to host matches during the FIFA World Cup 2022, which will kick off on November 21 next year.
The venue – formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud – is made primarily from shipping containers and located close to Doha Port, directly opposite the spectacular West Bay skyline. The innovative design means this is the first fully demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup history, the SC has said in a statement.
Stadium 974 will host seven matches up to the round of 16 stage during Qatar 2022. During the FIFA Arab Cup, which will take place from November 30 to December 18, the 40,000-capacity stadium will host six matches, including the first semi-final and third-place play-off. The stadium is located 800m from Ras Bu Abboud station on the Gold Line of Doha Metro.
The stadium’s new name reflects the number of shipping containers used in the development and is also Qatar’s international dialling code. The name also reflects the stadium’s location as the gateway to Qatar, being close to Hamad International Airport, Doha International Airport and Hamad Port.
Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the SC, said: “We are very proud to announce the completion of Stadium 974. This is yet another milestone on the road to 2022 as we edge closer to hosting the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.
“We consider this innovative venue a game-changer for future mega-event hosts. It is another example of the powerful legacy our World Cup will leave.”
Yasir al-Jamal, chairman of the SC’s Operations Office and vice-chairman, Technical Delivery Office, said: “The striking Stadium 974 is a proud symbol of sustainability and innovation. The completion of this venue is yet another significant moment in our journey towards hosting the FIFA World Cup.
“We are in a very strong position in relation to all of our infrastructure projects and look forward to Stadium 974 hosting its first matches during the upcoming FIFA Arab Cup.”
Due to its innovative design, the Stadium 974 bowl avoids the need for air-conditioning as it is naturally ventilated. Much of the stadium’s structure is made from recycled steel, while water efficiency methods ensure it will reduce water use by 40% compared to a conventional stadium development.
HBK Contracting acted as the main contractor, while TiME Qatar was the project manager.
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