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EDUCATION CITY STADIUM | FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium No.4

Moving on to our 4th stadium, the EDUCATION CITY STADIUM is located just a few kilometers away from Khalifa International Stadium. They are the two closest stadiums in distance by car among the eight stadiums but run on different Metro Lines: Khalifa Stadium | SPORTS CITY – Gold Line, Education City Stadium | EDUCATION CITY – Green Line.

Prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022, it has already hosted several matches during the 2020 and 2021 FIFA Club World Cup and 2020 AFC Champions League.

Quick Information about EDUCATION CITY STADIUM:

Location link here:North-West of Doha (in Al Rayyan Municipality – Qatar Foundation/Education City), roughly 14 kilometres from central Doha (The Corniche and Souq Waqif) and a similar distance from the West Bay and The Pearl areas further north along the Persian Gulf coast
Gross capacity:40,000
Start of Construction:

Date Opened:
On 2 December 2014 – the fourth anniversary of Qatar winning the rights to host the tournament – Education City Stadium’s elegant design was revealed: VIDEO HERE

15 June 2020. It was marked with a special TV programme to showcase the third match-ready FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ venue. VIDEO HERE
Matches planned:Group matches, round of 16, and and quarter-finals
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What is the Architectural Inspiration of Education City Stadium?

Shape:Education City Stadium has a design that draws on the rich history of Islamic architecture, blending it with striking modernity. It has been given the nickname “Diamond in the Desert”. The façade features triangles that form complex, diamond-esque geometrical patterns, appearing to change colour with the sun’s movement across the sky. By night, the façade puts on a colourful light show, making it even more eye-catching.

Like diamonds, the stadium’s design represents quality, durability and resilience, and will become something to be treasured – both for the memories it holds and its future value to the country and region.
Special Features:The stadium’s position in Education City has been carefully chosen with accessibility in mind, particularly for fans with disabilities. However they arrive, fans will only travel a short distance to their seats along shaded, tree-lined paths – giving them just enough time to enjoy a spectacular view of the venue.

As they arrive, fans will see many green spaces and state-of-the-art amenities surrounding the venue, all built with an eye on sustainability and the future. Facilities include football training pitches, a golf course and shops.
Contractors: The project manager for the stadium was ASTAD Project Management, while Fenwick Iribarren Architects  served as the original concept lead designer. The main works contractor was JPAC JV, who appointed Pattern  as the design architect, Salfo  as the site lead designer and BuroHappold
 for engineering design.
Estimated Cost (in EURO):N/A

How to get to Education City Stadium?

Doha Metro –The stadium can be reached by metro. Education City Station is located a short 10 minutes walk away of the stadium. It is on the newly-constructed green line that runs from central Doha towards the east. The stadium lies in the eastern part of the Education City complex, but a local tram service connects with other parts of the complex, including the stadium.

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) – Stadium accessible parking permit holders should proceed to the dedicated accessible parking area to the north of the stadium. Fans not holding an accessible parking permit will be able to access accessible parking in all General Admission car parks. Simply inform a car park attendant on arrival.

Check out this location/ parking plan inside the Education City complex.

What are the Hotels and Leisure areas near Education City Stadium?

Hotels:Premier Inn Doha Education City
Hospital/Clinic:Sidra Medicine
Other Tourist Spots:Inside Qatar Foundation | Education City Tour
Qatar National Library
– Eight Campuses like HBKU, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar, among others
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Al Shaqab  Equestrian Centre

Qatar National Convention Centre

Qatar Science & Technology Park

What are the plans for Education City Stadium after FIFA 2022?

Long after the FIFA World Cup 2022™ is over, the stadium complex will remain a focal point of the community. Training pitches, and other sporting and non-sporting facilities radiate outwards from the stadium, all within easy reach of the local academic community.

The stadium’s most direct contribution to international development will come after it has hosted matches through to the quarter-finals stage of the tournament. The arena’s capacity will be reduced by half and 20,000 seats will be donated to build stadiums in developing countries, helping cultivate a passion for the game around the globe.

This reduction in capacity will also add to the intimate, inclusive feeling created by the venue’s ultramodern curves, which encircle fans and keep the atmosphere firmly in the arena.

Education City’s students, faculty and staff can also use these facilities. For decades to come, Education City Stadium will be a symbol of innovation, sustainability and progress, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the goals of Qatar Foundation.


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