The organization responsible for building the stadia and infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA world cup has unveiled renovation plans for the Khalifa International Stadium, the third host venue for the global event. The expansion scheme will increase the arena’s seating capacity to 40,000, while innovative cooling technology inside the design will ensure an optimum playing temperature of 26 degrees celsius.
Originally built in 1976 on the outskirts of Doha, the venue is to be be dramatically transformed with a single roof canopy enveloping the structure. The development also includes a new building added to the stadium’s east wing, containing food courts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health center. An on-site museum houses the 3-2-1 qatar olympic and sports museum, an institution that includes historic sport collections and interactive exhibits.
As part of the overall development, an integrated transport network will take fans from their accommodation to games in less than 45 minutes, while a new road network connects the stadium with public transport. Two further stadia are to be unveiled in the coming weeks, with construction work starting on the five venues before the end of 2014.
Commenting on the event, H.R.H. Prince Abdullah Bin Musa’ad Bin Abdul Aziz, the General President of Youth Welfare, said: “We are proud to announce from our country the new design for the third proposed world cup host venue. As host of the tournament, Qatar will be able to bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time. We in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stand by Qatar and firmly support its right to host this event, as it is a remarkable success for all of us. I am confident that Qatar will deliver an exceptional tournament, introducing our culture and traditions to the world and promoting football and sports across the gulf and the whole region.”
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