PICTURES: A look at Qatar's groundbreaking moveable stadium

Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar.
Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar.

The Stadium 974 in Qatar is considered to be the most innovative venue at the 2022 FIFA World Cup thanks to the fact that it can be demounted and moved. Here's a closer look!

The story

According to the official website of the tournament, "Stadium 974 made history even before its first match. Constructed entirely from shipping containers and modular steel, it is the first fully demountable covered football stadium – showing Qatar’s commitment to cost-effective sustainability and daring design.   

"This unique venue pays tribute to Qatar’s long-standing tradition of worldwide trade and seafaring. Not only is 974 the international dialling code for Qatar, but it is also the exact number of shipping containers used in construction. Situated in the portside area and in sight of Doha’s coastal cityscape, fans at Stadium 974 will feel the cool breeze as it rolls in from the Arabian Gulf. 

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"After the tournament, the containers and super-structure will be reused. A waterfront development boasting fabulous facilities for the local community will spring to life, as well as a dynamic hub for business. This new concept in venue development ensures that while Stadium 974’s physical presence may be temporary, its legacy will be everlasting." 

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It seems that the Gulf State is ready welcome football lovers from across the word, as all eight stadiums are said to be complete. The picture is becoming clearer and clearer, with the likes of Brazil, France, Switzerland, and Cameroon have already announced their squads, and this is set to continue into the weekend as well.

Did you know?

According to Fox Sports, Qatar have already spent a record $220 million (R3.9 trillion) on the event, with that amount likely to reach a staggering $300 billion (R5.3 trillion). 

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