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Qatar 2022: Al-Rayyan Stadium ready and awaiting inauguration

The fourth World Cup 2022 arena to be completed, the stadium will be the new home of popular Qatari team Al-Rayyan Club.

Qatar 2022: Al-Rayyan Stadium ready and awaiting inauguration

Qatar 2022’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is responsible for organising the next World Cup, has confirmed that the Al-Rayyan Stadium is all but ready, taking to Twitter with photos of the arena, one of eight being built for the event. As sporting activity prepares to recommence in Qatar after being interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the stadium can now get ready for its official inauguration at some point in the near future.

Stadium design inspired by Qatar's sand dunes

The Supreme Committee says the design of the Al-Rayyan Stadium, which will be the venue for World Cup games up until the quarter-finals, was inspired by the sand dunes of the Qatari desert. The venue will be the new home of Al-Rayyan Club, one of Qatar’s most popular football teams, having been constructed on the site of the club’s former ground, the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium. It is the only one of the World Cup 2022 arenas that will bear the name of a Qatari club.

In its latest progress update, the Supreme Committee said the stadium’s façade is 99% complete, along with the sports facilities surrounding the venue, and mechanical, engineering and plumbing works. Exterior painting works are complete, as are the traditional patterns on the façade, which have been crafted from glass-reinforced plastic. In addition, the stadium’s glass curtain wall, the walkways and natural grass around the arena and the playing surface in the training area have been finalised. Testing procedures have also been concluded.

20,000 seats to be donated to football development projects

Initially holding up to 40,000 spectators, the stadium will have its capacity reduced by half after the World Cup, with the 20,000 seats removed to be donated to developing countries.