Director of the Khalifa International Stadium: the ancient sports building embodies the history of football in Qatar

Doha: Sheikh Ahmed Al Thani, director of the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the eight stadiums that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar said the stadium is an ancient sports building that enjoys special symbolism in Qatar, thanks to its long history of hosting numerous local, regional and international tournaments since its founding in 1976. Al-Thani added in an interview on the site web of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Inheritance published today, Monday, that the Khalifa International Stadium is not only a stadium where football matches or athletics competitions are held in its land, but rather it is a prestigious sports landmark that makes everyone proud, citizens and residents alike in Qatar. The World Cup building is the national stadium of the State of Qatar and the first stadium ready to host the World Cup, having witnessed a full development process in preparation of the most important football event in the world, as it reopened in May 2017 while hosting the final of the Emir Cup. The design of the Khalifa International Stadium features double arches and its development process has seen the addition of an extended roof under the arches to enhance the innovative cooling system, which provides a suitable atmosphere for players and fans. Advanced lighting technologies have also helped to give the stadium’s exterior a stunning look. The Khalifa International Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats and is located 11 kilometers from the center of Doha, within the “Aspire Zone”, the main destination for sporting excellence. in Qatar, which includes Aspire Park and Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital, and in the immediate vicinity of the Villaggio Shopping Complex. Reach the stadium easily via the Sports City station on the Golden Line of the Doha Metro, which is only 500 meters away. The director of the Khalifa International Stadium indicated the privileged location of the World Cup building, which allows fans who attend the matches to have a pleasant time, since once the match is over, they can walk to the “Aspire Zone” and enjoy its modern facilities. Regarding the legacy that the Khalifa International Stadium will leave after the curtain falls on the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Sheikh Ahmed Al Thani said: “Based on its status and the symbolism it holds in the history of football in Qatar; The national stadium will remain for the country and will continue to host important football competitions and tournaments and will amaze the world with the sports facilities and advanced facilities built by Qatar ”. Khalifa International Stadium is the first World Cup stadium to achieve the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certificate granted by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development, as the stadium roof is integrated with the advanced cooling system and helps maintain an adequate temperature inside the stadium. Projacs took over the management of the Khalifa International Stadium redevelopment project, while the main construction works were entrusted to Midmac Contracting and Six Construct. Khalifa International Stadium is unique among Qatar 2022 World Cup stadiums with its long history of hosting many major sporting events, including the 2006 Asian Games, the Asian Cup and a number of Gulf Cup copies Arabic. In 2019 it hosted the World Athletics Championships and World Championships for club. Interestingly, the Khalifa International Stadium will host 8 World Cup matches, from group stage to round of 16, as well as the match to determine the third-place winner. The matches at the stadium will begin with the match between England and Iran for the second round on November 21, then the match between Germany and Japan on the 23 of the same month, in the fifth round, before the match between the Netherlands and Ecuador, two days later. on behalf of the first group. In the group stage the stadium will also host the match between Croatia and Canada on 27 November in Group F, and the match between Ecuador and Senegal in Group A on 29 of the same month, provided that the stadium matches the group stage it will end with Japan and Spain who will remain in the fifth round on 1 December. The Khalifa International Stadium will witness one of the round of 16 matches, which will unite the champions of the first round and the runners-up of the second round, before the matches at the World Cup stadium conclude with a confrontation to determine the third-winner. of the place on December 17th. (Dpa)