This is Qatar’s Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the first built in World Cup history that was to be demolished.
Molded from 974 sea containers atop the port of Doha, the Ras Abu Aboud will host seven matches until the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup.
All containers are made from recycled steel and the number – 974 – symbolizes the Qatar numbering code.
It is both a symbol of the country’s commitment to sustainability and a reflection of its identity.
Once the tournament is over, many parts of the arena – including all removable seats, containers and even the roof – will be taken apart and reused for use in other sporting or non-sporting events, indoors or out. outside of Qatar.
“The 40,000-seat hall can be completely dismantled and transported to be rebuilt in another country; or you can build two 20,000-seat halls,” Mohammed Al Atwan, project manager for Ras Abu Aboud, told CNN.
“Really, all the coins can be donated to countries in need of sports infrastructure. That’s the beauty of the stadium – the legacy opportunities are endless.”
Besides the opportunities it offers, Qatar hope the stadium will be a pioneer for future football tournaments.
Nonetheless, the Gulf state is committed to hosting a carbon neutral World Cup by offsetting emissions – before, during and after the event.
Organizers pledged sustainable construction methods when building tournament infrastructure, such as the Ras Abu Abboud Stadium, adding that they have purchased “building materials that maximize resource efficiency and reduce emissions, waste and the impacts on biodiversity “.
The SC says it is committed to keeping sustainability a central concern throughout the tournament – one example is the planting of trees and plants around World Cup infrastructure to mitigate emissions greenhouse gases.
The burden, however, is not just on the organizers. Qatar says it will give recommendations to participants and tournament participants on how they can reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, including those from travel, accommodation and food and drink .
Once the show is over, Qatar announced that it will offset all emissions generated during the tournament by building two mega solar power plants over the next 10 to 15 years and proactively supporting sustainable, low-carbon events. in Qatar and the region.
The re-use of the stadium’s parts is a reflection of this effort.
“Sustainability and legacy have always been at the forefront of Qatar’s planning and preparations for the World Cup,” said Al Atwan.
When designing the stadium, Al Atwan said mobility was the main consideration when choosing shipping containers as the building blocks.
Containers are designed to be transported, whether by air or sea, but when put together to form a whole, they transform into a sturdy structure.
This ended up reducing the waste created at the site during construction, Al Atwan said, adding that the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has set a benchmark for sustainable and environmentally friendly mega-sporting event infrastructure.
Unlike the other seven Qatar 2022 locations, the temporary nature of Ras Abu Aboud meant less building materials were needed, which reduced construction costs and shortened the time to complete.
Construction of the 4.8 million square feet (450,000 square meters) site began in late 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of this year, organizers said.
Refreshing sea breeze
When a fan walks out of Ras Abu Aboud, they are greeted by the Doha West Bay skyline. So when the sun goes down, a symphony of colors – exchanged between the glittering skyscrapers on one side and the stadium on the other – reflects off the shores and lights up the city.
And this proximity to the water doesn’t just offer attractive views.
All Qatar World Cup stadiums are equipped with highly efficient cooling systems that maintain a comfortable atmosphere regardless of the high temperatures outside.
But Ras Abu Aboud does not need it as it receives a natural cool breeze from the nearby sea.
“After 2022, the redevelopment of the site could take many forms and its heritage plans are still being finalized. It could be redeveloped into a public green space or used for a mix of commercial and residential projects, ”Al Atwan said.
“Its prime location means it is suitable for many projects and has an exciting future,” he added.
This future is not just physical, Al Atawan told CNN. “Mega sporting events like the FIFA World Cup have the power to inspire, stimulate innovation and push existing boundaries to reach new levels of success.”
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