It is Qatar’s Ras Abu Aboud stadium — the primary inbuilt World Cup historical past that was meant to be torn down.
Molded out of 974 transport containers atop Doha’s port, the Ras Abu Aboud will host seven matches as much as the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup.
All the containers are made out of recycled metal, and the quantity — 974 — symbolizes Qatar’s dialing code.
It’s each a logo of the nation’s sustainability pledge and a mirrored image of its id.
After the event is over, many components of the world — together with all of the detachable seats, containers and even the roof — will likely be dismantled and repurposed to be used in different sporting or non-sporting occasions, both inside or outdoors of Qatar.
“The 40,000-seater venue can be dismantled in full and transported to be built again in a different country; or you could build two 20,000-seater venues,” Mohammed Al Atwan, mission supervisor for Ras Abu Aboud instructed CNN.
“Really, all parts can be donated to countries in need of sporting infrastructure. This is the beauty of the stadium — the legacy opportunities are endless.”
Along with the alternatives he says it gives, Qatar is hoping the stadium will likely be a trailblazer for future soccer tournaments.
Nonetheless, the Gulf state is dedicated to delivering a carbon-neutral World Cup by way of offsetting emissions — earlier than, throughout and after the occasion.
Organizers have promised sustainable constructing strategies through the development of the event’s infrastructure, such because the Ras Abu Abboud stadium, including that they’ve procured “building materials that maximize resource efficiency and reduce emissions, waste and impacts on biodiversity.”
The SC says it’s dedicated to protecting sustainability a most important focus all through the event — an instance of that is planting bushes and crops across the World Cup’s infrastructure to mitigate greenhouse gasoline emissions.
The onus, nonetheless, is not simply on the organizers. Qatar says it’s going to give suggestions to attendees and contributors of the event on how they will cut back their very own greenhouse gasoline emissions, together with from journey, lodging and meals and beverage.
Once the spectacle is over, Qatar says it’s going to offset any emissions generated through the event by way of constructing two mega solar energy crops over the next 10-15 years, and by proactively supporting sustainable and low-carbon occasions in Qatar and the area
The reusability of the stadium’s components is a mirrored image of that effort.
“Sustainability and legacy have always been at the forefront of Qatar’s planning and preparations for the World Cup,’ said Al Atwan.
When coming up with the stadium’s design, Al Atwan said movability was the main consideration for choosing shipping containers as the building blocks.
Containers are designed to be transported, either by air or sea, but when joined together to form a whole, they transform into a sturdy structure.
That ended up reducing the waste created on site during construction, says Al Atwan, adding that the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has set a benchmark for sustainable and green mega-sporting event infrastructure.
Unlike the other seven Qatar 2022 venues, Ras Abu Aboud’s temporary nature meant that fewer building materials were required, keeping construction costs down and shortening the time needed to complete it.
Construction on the 4.8 million square feet (450,000 square meters) site commenced in late 2017 and is scheduled for completion by the end of this year, according to organizers.
Cooling sea breeze
When a fan steps outside Ras Abu Aboud, they’re met by Doha’s West Bay skyline. So when the sun goes down, a symphony of color — exchanged between the shimmering skyscrapers on one side and the stadium on the other — reflects off the shores and lights up the city.
And that proximity to the water doesn’t only offer attractive views.
All of Qatar’s World Cup stadiums are equipped with highly efficient cooling systems that maintain a comfortable atmosphere regardless of the hot temperatures outside.
But Ras Abu Aboud does not want one as a result of it will get a pure cool breeze from the ocean close by.
“Post-2022, the redevelopment of the location may take many kinds and its legacy plans are nonetheless being finalized. It may very well be redeveloped right into a public inexperienced house or used for a mixture of business and residential tasks,” said Al Atwan.
“It’s prime location means it is suited to many tasks and has an thrilling future,” he added.
That future is not only physical, Al Atawan tells CNN. “Mega-sporting occasions just like the FIFA World Cup have the facility to encourage, immediate innovation and push current boundaries to attain new ranges of success.”