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The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has unveiled the design of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the seventh 2022 FIFA World Cup™ stadium design to be released.

Due for completion in 2020, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has a bold and innovative design concept, never seen in a FIFA World Cup™ venue before. Built using modular building blocks, it combines tournament experience and legacy planning in a revolutionary way to create a truly unique venue.

Challenged with creating a venue that offers world-class atmosphere and fan experience as well as unrivalled legacy benefits, FI-A broke the stadium down into conceptual ‘building blocks’ and created a new design concept never seen at a mega-event before. The modular building blocks Ras Abu Aboud Stadium consists of are modified shipping containers, each containing fundamental stadium elements that can be quickly assembled and disassembled at various locations as required, all in pursuit of the SC’s mission to ensure the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar leaves a lasting legacy for the country, the region and the world.

The 40,000-seat venue is slated for completion in 2020 and will be located in a 450,000m2 waterfront site on Doha’s shore, where the use of shipping containers as one of the main building blocks will echo the nearby port. Situated just southeast of Doha and a mere 1.5km from the city’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, it will be serviced by excellent transport links, including a dedicated stop on Qatar Rail’s Gold Line (less than a 10-minute ride from Doha’s central Msheireb Station and just 25 minutes from the Airport), direct road connections to the centre of Doha and Al Wakrah, and potentially even a water taxi stop.
https://www.sc.qa/en/news/sc-unveils-design-plans-for-ras-abu-aboud-stadium
 

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I dig it! Shipping container modular design seems to be a bit of a subfield in Architecture these days and it's amazing to see it in such a large structure! I like the colors and aesthetic as well, I don't know about Doha but man this would look great in Rotterdam :lol:

All that said, I have to say this also feels like a real case of value engineering. If I'm not mistaken, wasn't this the original design for the stadium?





If so, if I were a part of Fifa, I'd feel like I was sold a false bill of goods when we awarded the World Cup with the original design of the stadium in mind.
 

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I don't know about Doha but man this would look great in Rotterdam :lol:
What is so funny or special about Rotterdam? Besides the fact that we are developing a new stadium there at the riverfront (and partially over the river) to be opened in 2023? :)
 

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What is so funny or special about Rotterdam? Besides the fact that we are developing a new stadium there at the riverfront (and partially over the river) to be opened in 2023? :)
Oh no nothing funny at all! Sorry if my "lol" emoji seemed like sarcasm (those smiley faces can get to be a force of habit with me!) I just thought of Rotterdam given a.) its great soccer tradition and b.) its status as the shipping hub of Europe. Also the general design of the stadium seems "European" to me, and the red and white and black color scheme makes me think of the dutch because of the Amsterdam flag (of course the stadium would have to be green and white!).

Anyways, no joking from me, a stadium made of and with a shipping container exterior would be an awesome addition to the eredivisie :cheers:
 

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^^ No need for apologies, I was just curious about the smiley. But the new stadium in Rotterdam designed by OMA will not look anything like shipping containers. It is going to be a fabulous stadium for sure.

This one for Doha also looks promising. Will this stadium be downsized after the World Cup or will this be a permanent facility?
 
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I really apreciate the use of shiping conteiners on house construction at all. Getting curious to see it in a world cup stadium
 

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Re: the modular/repurposing concept: Personally I'm glad they went this route, though still color me skeptical if that plan is followed to its fruition. Dismantling this stadium in a useable way and then repurposing its parts takes time and money, and after the eyes of the world have left Qatar will there really be the initiative to get that done? (especially if you think that the 2022 World Cup might run over budget and so funds for ANYTHING will be very tight.)

I can't help but think of the Rio 2016 Aquatic Center. That too was meant to be a modular structure with a recycling plan in place for new facilities. Instead it's been left to decay while the funds meant for repurposing have been used to shore up expenses from the Games and deal with an economic downturn:



(https://twitter.com/adowniebrazil/status/827855663648890880?ref_src=twsrc^tfw&ref_url=https://swimswam.com/rios-legacy-plans-doubt-olympic-aquatics-stadium-left-rot/)

RIO’S LEGACY PLANS IN DOUBT AS OLYMPIC AQUATICS STADIUM LEFT TO ROT

BY LORETTA RACE

Although the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were pitched as one of sustainability, the lingering images from a Games now 6 months removed can only be described as disturbing. What once held images of American Michael Phelps clinching his 23rd Olympic gold medal and Australian Kyle Chalmers shocking a loaded men’s 100m freestyle field is now left in shambles, as Rio’s Olympic Aquatics Centre is now in a dilapidated state.

...The 15,000-seat capacity stadium was built specifically for the Olympics, with plans to dismantle and repurpose the actual pool. The facility was to be broken down and reconstructed into two smaller aquatics facilities to serve the community after the Olympics wrapped up. However, as the world has witnessed with past Games, the aquatics center now rests empty, decaying and in a state of utter disrepair.
https://swimswam.com/rios-legacy-plans-doubt-olympic-aquatics-stadium-left-rot/



So "sustainability" and "reusability" sound good and all, especially to the ears of FIFA executives who worry about the bad press from White Elephants, but when the rubber hits road follow through on these plans is everything. It's also why, above all else, I don't think this sort of stadium design represents a useful "new way forward". I think the REAL new way forward is to either host World Events in places that have the stadium/infrastructure to do so, OR if you really want to spread the events around the world, then use existing stadia and not force countries like Qatar to invest something like $500 million USD in a temporary structure that's gonna be used for two weeks (also, get governments out of the sports business! But that's a story for another time)
 

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I preferred the other design.

The shipping container design - whilst politically correct in a Western sense - reusable materials etc (something SA needs to show the world badly) - it isn't attractive imo.
 

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Texas is hosting many sporting events under such high temperatures New Mexico, California :):cheers::banana:

well the hottest city in Texas that has soccer/football in the summer is Houston, and the average temperature there is 29 degrees Celsius in July/August, nowhere near 45 degrees! Even Austin and San Antonio rarely if ever get above 35 degrees.

The only cities in the US that have a comparable climate to Doha and also have major sporting teams are Las Vegas and Phoenix, and ALL of their major stadiums are domes/arenas:





Though to be fair Phoenix's stadium DOES have a retractable roof for winter/night games:

 

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well the hottest city in Texas that has soccer/football in the summer is Houston, and the average temperature there is 29 degrees Celsius in July/August, nowhere near 45 degrees! Even Austin and San Antonio rarely if ever get above 35 degrees.

The only cities in the US that have a comparable climate to Doha and also have major sporting teams are Las Vegas and Phoenix, and ALL of their major stadiums are domes/arenas:

Though to be fair Phoenix's stadium DOES have a retractable roof for winter/night games:

in Arizona people are used to high temperatures 40 Celsius is a normal thing during summer, South California as well. so its just not a big deal when you have air conditioned facilities.
 

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World Cup 2022 will be played in november and december, so the temperatures are not that high then. This is the current forecast for Doha at this moment.


Would be nearly impossible to host the WC in these months.
 
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