Al Rayyan Stadium ready for FIFA spectacle


Qatar Al Rayyan Stadium inauguration Image: Qatar 2022 & SC

Al Rayyan Stadium in Qatar will be inaugurated on December 18th and will coincide with the Qatar National Day. It is the fourth stadium to be readied for Qatar World Cup 2022 – exactly two years before the country hosts the FIFA World Cup™ final.

The facility will serve as the new home of Al Rayyan Sports Club – the fourth FIFA World Cup™ Qatar 2022 tournament venue to open following Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City.

Earlier this year, it was announced the venue would host seven matches up to the round of 16 stages during the World Cup.

The 40,000-capacity stadium is adjacent to the Mall of Qatar and within shouting distance of Al Riffa Station – on Doha Metro’s Green Line.

The facility stands out for its glowing façade comprising patterns that characterize different aspects of Qatar: The importance of family, the beauty of the desert, native flora and fauna, and local and international trade. A fifth shape – a shield – brings together all the others, representing the strength and unity that is particularly relevant to the City of Al Rayyan.

Engineer Yasir Al Jamal, Vice-Chairman, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Technical Delivery Office, noted, “The building of this stadium, which incorporated the careful deconstruction of Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium and the reuse of materials from that structure in the new project, is an outstanding achievement for the SC. From the beginning, sustainability was at the forefront of this project, amid the unique challenges we faced during the development. I’m very proud of the SC team and our valued stakeholders for delivering this outstanding venue.”

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), put in, “The inauguration of this stadium is another major milestone on the road to 2022. This stunning venue and the surrounding precinct will leave a fantastic legacy for Al Rayyan Sports Club and everyone who lives in this proud City. This event also marks the two-year countdown to the biggest match in Qatar’s history: The FIFA World Cup™ final. We are proud that our World Cup preparations remain on track, with 90 percent of infrastructure projects completed. We look forward to unveiling more stadiums next year as we ensure that all tournament venues are delivered well in advance of the big kick-off.”

Engineer Hilal Al Kuwari, Chairman, SC’s Technical Delivery Office, described the stadium’s completion as a massive achievement on the road to the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and Arab world – “Five stadiums have now been completed, including Khalifa, Al Janoub, Education City, Al Bayt and Al Rayyan. The remaining three will be delivered in the near future in order to give us plenty of time to test our operational plans.”

Added Al Kuwari, “The successful delivery of the stadium in Al Rayyan – on time and within budget – is testament to the outstanding collaboration of the SC team, our numerous contractors and valued stakeholders. We are incredibly excited to launch this venue on Qatar National Day, exactly two years to the day before everyone focuses on our country for the World Cup final.”

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) was formed in 2011 and is tasked with delivering the proposed tournament venues and host country planning and operations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – the first to be held in the Arab world.

The sustainability quotient is high in the design in order to reduce the stadium’s carbon footprints, including the use of recycled building materials and retaining trees from the surrounding environment.

Many of the recycled materials used in the new facility came from the deconstructed Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium that once sat on the site. As a result, the stadium was awarded the following Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) ratings: GSAS Design & Build Certification (four-star rating), GSAS Construction Management Certification (Class A*) and a GSAS Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) Compliance Certificate.

Once the FIFA spectacle is over in Qatar, the modular upper tier of the stadium will be removed, with the seats being repurposed into sporting facilities in Qatar and overseas.

The surrounding precinct will also be transformed into a regional sporting hub, where locals will get to experience many other sporting facilities that spring up as part of the complex.

Six football training pitches, a cricket pitch, horse riding track, cycling track, gym equipment and an athletics track are just some of the facilities that the community of Al Rayyan can look forward to using.

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