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16 June 2020

Education City Stadium Qatar – 2022 FIFA World Cup Venue

‘Diamond in the Desert’

Design: Fenwick-Iribarren Architects / Pattern Architects

Education City Stadium’s completion marked during special programmes

Third completed venue for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is now ready to host matches

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Monday 15 June 2020 – The State of Qatar has announced the completion of Education City Stadium – the third tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The stadium’s completion was marked during special programmes on the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s (SC) social media platforms.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

The highlight of the programmes was a speech by His Highness, The Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

Launching Education City Stadium digitally, and in compliance with the protective measures implemented by the State of Qatar, affirms the SC’s commitment to deliver its projects on schedule – despite the current circumstances. The stadium’s successful completion was dedicated to frontline workers who have worked tirelessly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

Nicknamed the ‘Diamond in the Desert’, the 40,000-capacity venue, located within Qatar Foundation’s Education City, is the first World Cup stadium to achieve a five-star sustainability rating under the Global Sustainability Assessment System.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC, said: “The completion of Education City Stadium is yet another milestone as we inch ever closer to the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

The football players’ dressing room:
Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

“Launching the stadium now – while the world is overcoming the coronavirus pandemic – shows everyone that there is light at the end of the tunnel and brighter days ahead. We are proud to pay tribute to the frontline workers who remain at the forefront in the battle against COVID-19 and look forward to bringing the world together – at this stadium and others – using the unifying power of football in 2022.”

Education City Stadium Qatar World Cup

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said: “Tonight, we pay a very special tribute to those who suffered, fought and are still fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic and giving us a remarkable example of resilience during such a difficult moment.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

“We must not forget: health comes first. In some parts of the world, it is already possible to look ahead to better times. In others, we still have to be extremely careful, stay strong and united. In the meantime, the new stadium in Education City reminds us that football will return, and with more passion than ever.”

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

Nasser Al Khater, CEO, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, said: “The atmosphere will be electric at Education City Stadium when it hosts matches during the World Cup. This is a football lover’s stadium and one we are certain fans from around the world will enjoy during Qatar 2022.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup building

“Providing unique experiences for fans and players alike in 2022 is central to our planning, and we will stage several events across various venues in the lead-up to the tournament to test our readiness and refine our plans to guarantee that everyone visiting Qatar in 2022 has an exceptional time.”

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup

Yasir Al Jamal, Chairman of the SC’s Operations Office and Vice-Chairman, Technical Delivery Office, said: “We are very proud to announce the completion of our third tournament-ready stadium, following the successful redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium in 2017 and the inauguration of Al Janoub Stadium last year.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup

“All of our projects remain on track and, as we celebrate this milestone today, we also look forward to marking many more between now and the big kick-off on 21 November 2022, including the completion of two more stadiums before the end of this year – the 40,000-capacity Al Rayyan Stadium and the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium.”

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup

Machaille Hassan Al Naimi, President of Community Development, Qatar Foundation, said: “Education City Stadium will be a focal point for the world of football in 2022, and for the people of Qatar for many decades to come after the tournament.

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup

“The legacy of this magnificent venue, standing at the centre of our Qatar Foundation community, will be reflected by its continuing role as a hub of sporting activity, inspiring people to embrace healthy lifestyles; as a space for education and the acquisition of knowledge; and as a destination for people to gather and interact. In its design, message and purpose, Education City Stadium is a true standard-bearer for sustainability.”

Education City Stadium Qatar, 2022 FIFA World Cup

In addition to the coverage on the SC’s social media platforms, Education City Stadium’s completion was marked by special coverage on beIN SPORTS, Al Kass TV, Al Rayyan TV and Qatar TV on Monday night.

Education City Stadium Qatar World Cup Venue

What you need to know about the third tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022

Education City Stadium is the latest FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ tournament venue to be completed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

It becomes the third tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022 following the successful redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium in 2017 and the inauguration of Al Janoub Stadium last year. Two more stadiums are expected to open by the end of 2020: Al Rayyan Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium.

Education City Stadium Qatar World Cup Venue

Here are five key facts about Education City Stadium:

Qatar’s ‘Diamond in the Desert’

The façade of the stadium features triangles that form complex, diamond-like geometrical patterns which appear to change colour with the sun’s movement across the sky. 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.

Quarter-finals venue during Qatar 2022

During Qatar 2022, the stadium is set to host matches up to the quarter-finals stage. The stadium’s seating capacity during the tournament will be 40,000. After Qatar 2022, the capacity will be reduced to 20,000 following the removal of the modular upper tier. The excess seats will be donated to countries which lack sporting infrastructure – meaning the legacy of Qatar 2022 will be felt far and wide.

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Set in the heart of Qatar’s education and research hub

Education City is the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). Situated within Education City are leading universities, along with research and development institutions. As well as hosting matches during Qatar 2022, the stadium will provide sporting facilities for the entire QF community, including faculty and students. Parts of the stadium will be turned into classrooms and event spaces for QF schools and universities after the tournament.

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The first Qatar 2022 venue to achieve a 5* sustainability rating

The stadium achieved a 5* rating under the Global Sustainability Assessment System for its design and build. Its range of sustainability features include direct access to public transport, low toxicity indoor materials and LED sports lighting. In addition, 85% of building materials were regionally sourced, while 29% were generated from recycled materials. The stadium also boasts carbon dioxide sensors for high occupant density spaces to ensure ventilation and indoor air quality, and a water efficient irrigation design to minimise landscape water consumption.

Doha Metro offers direct access for fans

Convenient access to the stadium is provided by the Doha Metro. Education City Station – on the Green Line – is located just 500m from the venue. A single ticket on the Doha Metro is QAR 3 ($0.82), while a day pass costs QAR 9 ($2.47).

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