Fosters unveils design for Qatari World Cup bid
Foster & Partners is behind the centrepiece stadium for Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 football World Cup.
The Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, a new development north of capital Doha, will have a capacity of more than 86,000.The emirate state’s bid organisers plan to use the stadium to host the opening match and final should Qatar win the right to stage the tournament.
The design draws on Qatar’s cultural heritage, including a traditional dhow sail. It also has a fully retractable roof as well as solar cooling technology that will cool the stadium to around 27 degrees C. In June and July, when the tournament will be played, the average daytime temperature is around 40 degrees C.
It will have shade across the entire pitch and will feature the world’s largest cable-net roof. The stadium will also have its own metro station.
Qatar is one of seven nations to express an interest in staging the 2018 and 2022 World Cups – along with Australia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the US and England.