April 16, 2017
Organisers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup have announced that work has begun on the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium which will host the opening of the tournament.
Situated 20 KM from the north of the capital Doha, the stadium is expected to be completed by 2020. This is also the first time that the site has opened access for photography.
The ground at the one million sqm site is being cleared but will “soon begin to resemble the stadium,” Project Manager Tamim Loutfi Elabed was quoted in a media statement. “The foundations will go in later this year.”
The pitch’s centre circle where the tournament will kick off has already been identified and marked out with barriers.
The Stadium is part of a new $45 billion city taking shape in the desert outside Doha and reportedly, close to one of Qatar’s first recorded settlements. The project is being developed in a joint venture between a Qatari and Chinese company. The structure was designed by British architects, Foster and Partners.