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Qatar's fourth World Cup stadium to be inaugurated next month

  • Nov 22, 2020
  • Author: QT-Online
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Qatar is all geared up to inaugurate the fourth World Cup stadium next month.
The Al Rayyan Stadium will host the Amir Cup 2020 final between Al Arabi and Al Sadd SC on December 18, which is also Qatar's National Day.
Al Rayyan Stadium is the fourth of the the eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums that have been completed.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has said that the Infrastructure planned for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar has reached 90 percent completion, with the three stadiums that have already been finalised – Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City – safely hosting more than 100 matches in 2020 in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
The Al Rayyan Stadium can fit in up to 40,000 spectators and is scheduled to host World Cup matches  up to the quarter-final stage. 
The new stadium replaces the old Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, home of Al Rayyan SC. The last match in the old stadium was played in 2014, following which it got demolished and ground preparation works for the new stadium started. The final designs were presented in 2015, and foundation works started in late 2016. The stadium is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Al Rayyan Stadium will have a capacity of roughly 40,000 seats. After the World Cup, nearly half of those will be removed again. Its standout feature is the facade that incorporates various symbols of Qatari culture and is inspired by the sand dunes of the nearby desert.