The grand mangle of technology and tradition, Al Janoub stadium has been opened to public on Thursday. This is the second stadium proposed for Fifa World Cup 2022.
At the presence of prominent personalities, the grandiose opening ceremony took place. A crowd of 38,678 spectators witnessed the pomp and show with His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Al Wakrah city.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino was one of the attendees. He said, “The stadium is extraordinary. I was here seven months ago during the final stage of construction. I am delighted to see how beautiful and functional it is, but I am not surprised. Qatar is working very hard to excel when it comes to every aspect of the tournament. Today, we have seen more proof of their capability and commitment, and we will keep working side by side towards all other milestones that will come our way until 2022.” Fifa’s general secretary, Fatma Samoura was also with him.
It was not just a red letter day for football infrastructure in Qatar, but also a significant moment for Al Sadd midfielder, Xavi Hernandez. He announced yesterday that he will be concluding his football career soon. President Infantino delivered a speech addressing his contribution to football.
British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid was behind Al Janoub stadium. Traditional Arab vessel called dhow boat was the inspiration for her. Dhow boats were used in the Arabian peninsula for pear fishing, sailing and tradition with the neighboring country.
This magnificent stadium will be the venue for World Cup 2022 quarter finals. In legacy mode, it will be reduced to a 20,000 seaters stadium and become the home of local football team Al Wakrah sports club. An innovative cooling system and retractable roof will enable the stadium to be used all year around. A total budget of 575 million dollar was spent to materialize the futuristic design of Al Janoub.