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Also known as the National Stadium, KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM opened in 1976 to host local association football (soccer) matches and regional events such as the 11th Gulf Cup in 1995. It rose to fame during the country’s hosting of the 2006 Asian Games which was described by media as one of the most breath-taking and technologically spectacular multi-sports event, and the most expensive multi-sports event ceremony (including both Opening and Closing ceremonies) in the history of Asian Games at that time.

This historic venue has also opened its arms to multisport competitions such as the IAAF World Athletics Championships, the Asian Games and the Pan Arab Games. It was central to a truly spectacular edition of the Asian Games in 2006 – the first time that all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia participated.


Location (click here):Al Waab St, Doha
Gross capacity:40,000
Start of Construction:

Date Re-Opened:
Opened in 1976

Renovated in 2015 to increase its capacity from originally 20,000 to 40,000 seats for the Asian Games in 2016

The stadium’s new design was launched in November 2014 at the 22nd Gulf Cup in Riyadh.

The plans included a distinctive stadium bowl shape. An additional 12,000 seats would be added, to take the capacity to 48,000 (40,000 for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™). Its iconic twin arches would remain, to live long in the memories of visiting football fans.

It welcomed the world’s best athletes for the IAAF World Championships, which Doha hosted in September and October 2019.
Matches planned:Group matches, round of 16, and play off for third place game 
Before 2014 Renovation
Ongoing Renovation for FIFA 2022
40,000 capacity stadium for FIFA WORLD CUP 2022

What is the Architectural Inspiration of Khalifa International Stadium?

Shape:It now boasts an ultramodern shape and dual arches that represent continuity and embracing fans from all over the globe.
Special Features:One of the most important changes to the stadium was the addition of a huge new roof canopy. Along with advanced cooling systems, it helps to maintain a comfortable temperature for football fans, supplying a simple, green solution to an environmental challenge.

Every effort made in the stadium’s renovation, down to the use of energy-saving lighting and bathroom fittings. Khalifa International Stadium is the first FIFA World Cup 2022™ venue to achieve the goal of Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS)  certification.

Attached to the stadium via a walkway is the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, adding to the appreciation of how this venue cherishes its past as it creates an exciting future.
Contractors:Midmac Contracting, Six Construct
Estimated Cost (in EURO):N/A

How to get to Khalifa International Stadium?

Doha Metro –The nearest station is Sport City (Gold line) just few minutes walking distance to the actual stadium, making it the most accessible stadium by metro of all 8 stadiums.

Taxi drop-off/ pick up –Karwa, Uber and Careem drop–off/ pick up facilities are located to the east of the stadium.

Car Parking (General admission fans) –Car parks are located around the stadium.

What are the Hotels and Leisure areas near Khalifa International Stadium?

Hotels:The Torch Doha

Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel
Malls:Villaggio Mall
Hospital/Clinic:Aspetar / The Sports Medicine Department – Aspire Zone

Queen Hospital

Future Medical Center 

Al Jameel Medical Center

Hamad Medical Corporation – MAIN HOSPITAL
Other Tourist Spots:3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum (opening on March 31, 2022)

Aspire Park and Aspire Zone

DOHA CITY attractions (Souq Waqif, Msheireb Downtown, Corniche, Westbay area)

What are the plans for Khalifa International Stadium after FIFA 2022?

The stadium itself is only one part of the Aspire Zone project, which was the foundation of the 2006 Asian Games. In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, the whole precinct is designed to drive involvement in sport and healthy lifestyles.

Aspetar sports medicine hospital (a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence), Aspire Dome (the world’s largest indoor multipurpose sports hall), Hamad Aquatic Centre, Aspire Park and specialist women’s sports centres are just some of the facilities at Aspire Zone.

They will be accessible via the Doha Metro system, making it even easier for local communities to enjoy the world-class sporting amenities on their doorstep.


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