A rendering made available by Qatar World Cup's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, responsible for organizing World Cup 2020, shows the 40,000-seat Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.
Ras Abu Aboud is one of the venues that will host the World Cup in 2022 in Dubai. It will also be the first-ever venue that can be taken down and reassembled.
The 40,000-seat stadium will be built on Doha's southern waterfront and will host matches up to the quarter-final stage. After the tournament, the stadium will be disassembled, gently, with each piece carefully placed into containers to be reassembled and used in another location.
“This venue will be unique in that it will be capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety,” said Javier Iribarren, founder of the a Madrid-based company, Fenwick Iribarren, the firm designing the venue and another tournament venue, the Qatar Foundation Stadium.
“The building will be made up of modified shipping containers,” said Iribarren. “This will make the process of putting it up and taking it down simple and easy.”
The firm got the idea of constructing a reusable stadium after one of the architects watched his child play with a Lego set.
“My colleague was struck by the idea of putting together a structure and then pulling it apart and reshaping it into a new structure,” he said. “We thought, ‘we can do this with an entire stadium’ and set out to find a way to make that happen. The modified shipping containers were the key to making that dream a reality.”
Iribarren is unclear on where — or in what shape— the reconstructed building will appear. “It could show up as a full stadium or be reassembled into several different buildings,” he said. “We’re designing it with flexibility.”
Each of the sections of the venue, including the concessions and bathrooms, is separate, said Iribarren.
“We are delighted to be part of another 2022 World Cup project, and are very proud that our design for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will go down in history as the first-ever moveable and reusable World Cup stadium,” said Mark Fenwick, senior partner at Iribarren Fenwick. “We are confident that this innovative and sustainable concept will be an inspiration for stadium developers and architects around the world, capable of creating aesthetically pleasing venues that offer new legacy possibilities.”
The stadium should be completed by 2020, said Iribarren. The final cost of the project is still being worked out. “There are still factors we have to work out,” said Fenwick about the ultimate price tag.
Secretary General of the 2022 World Cup organizing committee Hassan Al Thawadi said in a statement, “Innovation has always been central to our plans for delivering a historic FIFA World Cup that leaves a legacy for Qatar and the world, and there is no better example of this than the design of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.
“This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports and cultural venues,” he said. “All of this in a stadium that delivers the atmosphere fans expect at a World Cup and which we will build in a more sustainable way than ever before.”
Since being chosen as the site of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has found itself at the center of a global firestorm. Critics accuse the country of being corrupt, having poor human rights, rife with labor abuse, and a hotbed of terrorist activity.
Earlier this year, Qatar unveiled its first completed World Cup 2022 venue, the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, which will also be used to host the World Athletics Championships in two years' time.