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|16 December, 2018

Qatar reveals design of eighth 2022 World Cup stadium

Design features 'fanar' lanterns and intricately detailed bowls that have been created for centuries in the region

A men stand as players attend a training session at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, May 18, 2017. Picture taken May 18, 2017.

A men stand as players attend a training session at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, May 18, 2017. Picture taken May 18, 2017.

REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
DOHA - Qatar on Saturday unveiled the design of Lusail Stadium which will host the opening and final games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
 
The design was made public in a news conference today (Dec 15) by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) which is responsible for delivering the infrastructure and host country planning required for 2022.
 
"Unveiling the design of Lusail Stadium is another step on our journey to hosting an unforgettable World Cup in 2022," Chairman of the SC's Technical Delivery Office Hilal Al Kuwari said.
 
"We are currently in the peak construction phase and making incredible progress in collaboration with our partners and stakeholders." The building of the 80,000-capacity venue, which will be the largest stadium during the tournament, is expected to be completed by 2020. Located 15km north of central Doha, Lusail Stadium will form the centerpiece of the new ultra-modern Lusail City.
 
The venue's golden vessel takes its inspiration from an Arab architectural sense as much as it does from literal symbolism by celebrating the region's ancient tradition of craftsmanship.
 
The design features 'fanar' lanterns and intricately detailed bowls that have been created for centuries in the region.

Khalifa International Stadium became the first tournament-ready venue in 2017, while two more stadiums will be completed early next year -- Al Wakrah Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium -- Al Khor City, the SC said. 

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