FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar stadium to be inaugurated in May

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Qatar’s Al Wakrah Stadium, one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup 2022,  is set to host its first match next month. Inauguration of the new stadium will coincide with hosting of  the Amir Cup final on May 16.

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have together announced at a Press conference that the would host the final.

The 40,000-seat modular arena is one of eight venues that will host matches at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. It is the second venue to complete construction behind the redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium, which hosted the 2017 Amir Cup final.

Al Wakrah Stadium is the first Qatar 2022 stadium to be built from scratch.

Located 23km from Doha city centre, the stadium boasts a retractable roof and innovative cooling system, equipping it for year-round use.

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“The launch of Al Wakrah Stadium is a significant step on the road to 2022,” said Thani Khalifa Al Zarraa, the stadium project manager for SC. “Its innovative and futuristic design means it is set to be one of the iconic venues during the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world. We hope thousands of football fans across the country will join us for this landmark occasion as we celebrate the progress we have made to-date and look forward to 2022 with renewed excitement.”

Al Wakrah Stadium will be home to Al Wakrah Sports Club. Following the World Cup, its capacity will be reduced to 20,000. Excess seats will be donated to football development projects overseas.

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