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** Al Bayt Stadium & Precinct to accommodate 60,000 football fans and provide local residents of Al Khor and Al Thakhira communities with retail and leisure facilities
— DOHA: The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the Aspire Zone Foundation today revealed the name and design for a new 60,000-seat stadium and precinct in Al Khor at a press conference held at Al Khor Sports Club.
The stadium and surrounding precinct will now officially be known as Al Bayt, Al Khor City.
The unveiling of the new name and design was marked by an event for the local community which focused on the future vision of Al Khor for the local residents and the neighbouring communities. Early works have now started on the new stadium, which is a proposed semi-final venue for the 2022 FIFA World CupTM, and which has an expected completion date of 2018.
The stadium design is an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting Qatar’s proud history and culture.
The new stadium has a modular design, which includes an upper tier of removable seats. After the 2022 FIFA World CupTM, the tier will be removed and the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 32,000 seats. In consultation with FIFA and the global football community, the removed seats will be reconfigured and donated to other countries to leave a legacy for international football development.
Surrounding the stadium, a new precinct will serve the wider Al Khor community. In addition to retail space and restaurants, the precinct will include landscaped paths for residents to use as horseriding, cycling and jogging tracks. There will also be dedicated women-only facilities.
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC, said: “The launch of Al Bayt Stadium & Precinct will honour Qatar’s past while fully embracing the country’s global future. The launch of the design for our second proposed stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is another milestone of progress, demonstrating our deep commitment to delivering an amazing experience in 2022 and beyond”.
Al Bayt Stadium & Precinct will be located close to the coast, but it will also introduce fans and visitors to the culture of the desert. The name and design of the stadium is modelled after Bayt Al Sha’ar, a black-and-white tent used traditionally by nomadic people in Qatar and the region. For those travelling through the desert, the sight of such a tent on the horizon meant an invitation to receive hospitality. Inside the tent, the red-patterned sadu fabric will represent the traditional Qatari textile design to the international visitors and remind the local community of the heritage and tradition of producing sadu fabric, which is also reflected inside the stadium.
Hilal Al-Kuwari, President of the Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “Just as Bayt Al Sha’ar continue to remain central to family life in Qatar today, the precinct surrounding Al Bayt Stadium – which will include space for local businesses and restaurants as well as landscaped paths for the community for exercise – will become a focal point of community life long after the 2022 FIFA World Cup has concluded”.
In order to support the SC’s goal to host a sustainable 2022 FIFA World Cup™, and in order to comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) ratings, Al Bayt Stadium & Precinct will incorporate best practice in energy-efficiency measures and use green building materials. Renewable energy will also be generated within the stadium and surrounding precinct.
Construction of Al Bayt Stadium & Precinct will be carried out in alignment with the Workers’ Welfare Standards which were recently released by the SC. The Aspire Zone Foundation and the SC will also make sure that the residents of the Al Khor community are kept fully up-to-date on the progress of the construction work through its local engagement programme, which will include regular majlis discussions – which are traditional local gatherings in Al Khor – and town hall events.
Two majlises were held at the Al Thakhira Youth Club where local residents will discuss and debate the future vision for Al Khor with representatives from the SC and other local organisations. Each majlis will feature members of the Al Khor community discussing their ideas and sharing their knowledge with those in attendance.
In addition to the unveiling of the Al Bayt stadium design and the majlises, the event also included:
Notes to Editors
About Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) ensures that all preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ align with Qatar’s other development imperatives, as described in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. Along with its stakeholders, the SC is tasked with delivering stadia and other infrastructure for an amazing 2022 FIFA World Cup™ that will leave a lasting legacy for Qatar, the region and the world.
The delivery goals of the SC include exceptional program and stakeholder management to ensure the timely delivery of infrastructure and competition and non-competition venues; integrating Qatari culture into all hosting plans, to provide the best possible image of the Middle East when the world arrives in Qatar in 2022; and adopting high environmental standards on all projects, contributing to the delivery of a carbon neutral tournament.
In addition to delivering infrastructure in line with Qatar’s long-term development plans, legacy goals of the SC include nurturing exceptional local and international talent and incubating the Josoor Institute, a centre of excellence for the sports and events industries in the Middle East; fostering the development of Qatar’s private sector and streamlining regulatory frameworks; and making Qatari football more competitive and increasing participation in sports in Qatar, the region and globally.
The investments that the SC is making today will pay dividends for generations to come, in line with Qatar’s vision of a healthy and prosperous global future.
About Aspire Zone Foundation
Aspire Zone Foundation is the spark that has ignited a fiery passion for sports and ushered an entire region of the world into a new era of sports development and sports as a means of healthy living.
Rising to international prominence through successful staging of 2006 Asian Games, Aspire Zone Foundation is home to some of the world’s finest sport stadia and venues offering a stimulating combination of sport, sports medicine and research, and sport education.
Originally having been established in 2003 as a Sports City project, Aspire Zone Foundation has carried on to evolve and today works to develop sports champions, promote healthy lifestyles and galvanize the sports economy of today, and of the future, through a network of member-organizations: Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR, and Aspire LOGISTICS.
Aspire Zone Foundation was voted the World’s Leading Sports Tourism Development Project for the World Travel Awards 2011.