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STADIUM 974 | FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium No.7

The third stadium in Doha City is STADIUM 974 – located along the beachline of Ras Abu Aboud beside several prime hotels and also just few minutes away from Hamad International Airport. Stadium 974’s innovative design is inspired by Qatar’s worldwide trading and seafaring. 974 is the international dialing code for Qatar, as well as the exact number of shipping containers used in construction.

This stadium is will be known to be the first fully dismountable venue in FIFA World Cup™ history.

Stadium 974 with Doha’s skyline

Quick Information about AL BAYT STADIUM:

Location (click here):Doha (located along the beachline of Ras Abu Aboud beside several prime hotels and also just few minutes away from Hamad International Airport)
Gross capacity:40,000
Start of Construction:

Date Opened:
The main works started on November 1, 2019 and proceeded without major disruptions.

Stadium 974 has been officially unveiled and will host its first match on 30 November 2021 when the United Arab Emirates and Syria go head-to-head on the opening day of the FIFA Arab Cup.
Matches planned:Group matches and round of 16

What is the Architectural Inspiration of Al Bayt Stadium?

Shape:Created using shipping containers that would also carry the additional materials for construction. 974 is the exact number of containers used in construction.
Special Features:Due to its innovative design, the Stadium 974 bowl avoids the need for air conditioning as it is naturally ventilated. Much of the stadium’s structure is made from recycled steel, while water efficiency methods ensure it will reduce water use by 40% compared to a conventional stadium development.
Contractors: HBK Contracting acted as the main contractor, while TiME Qatar was the project manager.
Estimated Cost (in EURO):N/A

How to get to Al Bayt Stadium?

Doha Metro –Stadium 974 is adjacent to the Ras Abu Abboud Expressway and is the closest stadium to central Doha, located 2km to the south. The nearest station is Ras Bu Abboud Metro Station (Gold line) is a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Stadium Express Buses will operate between dedicated Stadium Express Bus Hubs.

Taxi drop-off/ pick up Taxi and shared ride drop-off and pick-up is close to the stadium.

Car Parking (General admission fans) –is located close to the stadium. Accessible parking options will be available.

What are the Hotels and Leisure areas near Al Bayt Stadium?

Hotels:Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Premier Inn Doha Airport
Malls:City Center Doha
Hospital/Clinic:Hamad Medical Corporation
Other Tourist Spots:National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)

Doha Port

FANAR Qatar Islamic Cultural Center

The Museum of Islamic Art

QM Gallery, Al Riwaq

Souq Waqif

Msheireb Downtown Doha

Msheireb Museums

Doha Corniche

FIFA World Cup Flags

What are the plans for Al Bayt Stadium after FIFA 2022?

For the first time in FIFA World Cup™ history, a host venue will be fully demountable. This process will be simplified by an innovative design that incorporates shipping containers.

Further to the physical legacy left by this remarkable arena, it will also inspire a global audience to pick up a ball and emulate the superstars they see in action at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. It also shows those planning future stadium development – and nations bidding for future editions of the FIFA World Cup™ and other sporting events – that a venue can be visually appealing and cost-effective.

In its short lifetime, Stadium 974 is setting a new benchmark and guiding the way towards more sustainable and more legacy-driven sporting competitions, opening up hosting opportunities to countries all over the world.


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