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Al Janoub Stadium an architectural masterpiece: Western media

Al Janoub Stadium an architectural masterpiece: Western media

Tribune News Network
Al Janoub Stadium, formerly Al Wakrah Stadium, has been garnering worldwide praise for its engineering marvel since its grand opening on Thursday.
The architectural masterpiece is the first stadium of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be fully built and the second to be ready to host the World Cup following the opening of Khalifa International Stadium in May 2017.
The international press, especially the western media, has gone gaga over the stunning design of the Al Janoub Stadium.
French newspaper Le Figaro said Qatar opened the first stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in a dazzling ceremony.
The newspaper said the atmosphere during the opening ceremony was simply amazing, which was admired by a number of international guests.
Der Spiegel, a German magazine, was equally magnanimous in its praise of the stadium.
“Qatar is planning to host the 2022 World Cup by constructing stadiums that are equipped with air conditioners to provide a cool and comfortable atmosphere,” Der Spiegel said in its report.
Die Welt, another German newspaper, said the Al Janoub Stadium opened long before the 2022 World Cup in a beautiful ceremony that impressed the audience.
The Goal said the Al Janoub Stadium has left an everlasting impact on Fernando Hierro. The Spaniard was present when the second completed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar was inaugurated. “It is amazing. The atmosphere is great for football. It is the second opening of a 2022 World Cup venue and the stadium is amazing,” Hierro quoted as saying by Goal.
Magazines and websites specialised in design and architecture also heaped huge praise on the Al Janoub Stadium and its wonderful design.
Spanish magazine Arch Daily said the Al Janoub Stadium, designed by late architect Zaha Hadid, with a sitting capacity of 40,000 spectators can be reduced to accommodate 20,000 following the conclusion of the World Cup. These seats have been designed to be demountable and transportable to a developing country in need for sporting infrastructure.
The design reflects the maritime traditions and history of the coastal city of Al Wakrah, incorporating traditional boat design in an abstract manner, and combining them with practical responses to the climate, context, and functional requirements of a football stadium, the magazine said.


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