Qatar 2022: Al-Rayyan stadium nearing completion
The new stadium has been built on the site of the old Ahmed bin Ali stadium, large parts of which were recycled and re-used to build the new structure.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the entity responsible for managing the projects and initiatives for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, has announced that the Al-Rayyan stadium is now close to completion, with its dazzling facade and distinctive colours of its seating.
The Supreme Committee posted the announcement on its Twitter page, along with a set of photos recently taken from the venue, which show the true scale of the development and the newly completed stands that are set to host 40,000 spectators during the World Cup. The seating is painted in black and red, in line with the distinct colours of the Al-Rayyan club logo.
The new stadium has been built on the site of the old Ahmed bin Ali stadium, large parts of which were recycled and re-used to build the new structure. This sustainability element is a distinguishing feature of the Al-Rayyan stadium when compared to the other eight World Cup stadiums. It is also the only one of the World Cup-designated stadiums to bear the name of a Qatari football club.
With several works finalized both internally and externally, the Al-Rayyan stadium is now very close to completion. Several teams from the Qatari league visited the stadium before the resumption of the Qatari league at the end of last month to see the progress for themselves.
The roof and the front facades have now been installed, while the mechanical, engineering, plumbing and paving works have also been completed. Meanwhile, the natural grass turf has been laid on the training pitch in the area surrounding the stadium, while the pitch turf inside the stadium was installed back in March in record time.
The stadium’s exterior is decorated with marked inscriptions of Qatari culture. Made from plastic reinforced with fibreglass, these inscriptions, along with the facilities around the stadium, take the form of sand dunes, reflecting the stunning desert topography extending across the west of the country; while the geometric shapes have been inspired by the long-standing traditions of Islamic art and architecture.
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