Work on Qatar’s Al Wakrah Stadium, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, is progressing well, according to a World Cup 2022 update from FIFA.
Work at the site, 9 miles south of Doha, continues to advance as stands begin to rise from the ground and the construction of main works commences with the appointment of the main contractor.
The stadium – which will also become the new home of Al Wakrah Sports Club – is due for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018, where it will soar 157ft into the sky. And following Hadid’s death on March 31, 2016, it now takes on a deeper significance – one of a tribute to the legacy and architectural work of its late creator.
“We are very proud to have her legacy here in Qatar, as one of the iconic designs that will be referenced in her legacy,” said Thani Khalifa Al Zarraa, SC project manager at Al Wakrah Stadium.
The main contractor was appointed in January and is due to start putting cranes in place in the coming weeks to start work on the complete steel roof structure, which will take 15-17 months.
“All the infrastructure and foundations have been laid now,” continued Al Zarraa.” What you can see now is the outline of the stadium already coming up from the ground, with the pitch level laid and the stands for spectators taking shape.
“The main contractor will continue with the construction of the site, which should be completed within 30 months. Four groups of piles have been completed, which will support the roof of the stadium.”
Al Wakrah Stadium and the Doha Metro – which will connect it to the capital city – are advancing quickly and will be ready to host test matches before the tournament.
During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Al Wakrah Stadium is a proposed venue for matches up to the quarter-final stage and will have a capacity of 40,000 spectators.
“There is a second tier of seating that is demountable and will be removed after the tournament to bring the capacity down to 20,000,” added Al Zarraa.
“The available sections will be used afterwards for other purposes to make sure the stadium has an important use in the community.”