Qatar World Cup final venue 98.5 percent complete: official

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Lusail Stadium the 80,000-capacity venue that will host the World Cup final in December 2022 - AFP
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  • The Lusail Stadium is about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the capital Doha and will host a number of matches during the tournament, including the final
  • It is one of eight stadiums that Qatar has designated for the World Cup, which will be the first ever in the Middle East

“We are at approximately 98.5 percent completion,” Tamim El Abed, project manager for the stadium, told AFP in an interview.

“The structural works, the civil works, the steel works, the roof works are all 100 percent complete.

“The remaining 1.5 percent is the testing and commissioning of the multiple systems needed for the operation of the building.”

El Abed said that the stadium can host 85,000 or 86,000 spectators.

“Eighty thousand of those would have a totally unobstructed view of the field of play,” he said.

The Lusail Stadium is about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the capital Doha and will host a number of matches during the tournament, including the final.

It is one of eight stadiums that Qatar has designated for the World Cup, which will be the first ever in the Middle East.

Lusail was designed to mimmick the glow of a lantern, with openings in its curved steel exterior facade.

It has 3,354 rooms and 40 gate entrances, according to El Abed.

“The stands and the terraces were designed in a permanent fashion, but there is a plan possibly for reuse of the interior spaces post-World Cup,” he added.

“We are proud of the fact that the stadium of this capacity has been designed from scratch and built from scratch with FIFA technical requirements in hand and in consideration right from the beginning,” he added, referring to the world football’s governing body.

 

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