Al Janoub Stadium

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Al-Janoub Stadium
ملعب الجنوب
Visita ao estádio de futebol Al Janoub (cropped).jpg
Full nameAl Janoub Stadium
Former namesAl-Wakrah Stadium
LocationAl Wakrah, Qatar
Coordinates25°09′35.2″N 51°34′26.7″E / 25.159778°N 51.574083°E / 25.159778; 51.574083Coordinates: 25°09′35.2″N 51°34′26.7″E / 25.159778°N 51.574083°E / 25.159778; 51.574083
OwnerQatar Football Association
Capacity40,000[1][2]
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground2014
Built2014–2019
Opened16 May 2019[1]
ArchitectZaha Hadid
Main contractorsMidmac Contracting Co.

Six Construct Qatar

Porr Qatar Construction
Tenants
Al-Wakrah Sports Club
Qatar national football team

Al-Janoub Stadium (Arabic: استاد الجنوب[romanization needed]), formerly known as Al-Wakrah Stadium (Arabic: استاد الوكرة), is a retractable roof football stadium in Al-Wakrah, Qatar that was inaugurated on 16 May 2019. This is the second among the eight stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, after the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium.[3] It was designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid together with the firm AECOM.[4]

The stadium features a curvilinear postmodernist and neo-futurist design. The appearance of the roof was inspired by the sails of traditional Dhow boats, used by pearl divers from the region, weaving through currents of the Persian Gulf.[5]

It will be the official seat of the football club Al-Wakrah SC, where matches for the Qatar Stars League will be held. The capacity of the stadium is 40,000, which is expected to reduce in half to 20,000 after the World Cup.[6]

History[edit]

2020 ACL Final, Al Janoub Stadium

Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010. It would become the first Muslim-majority country and the first country in the Middle East to host the World Cup.[7] Qatar previously did not have the sporting capability for the Cup, and as such 8 new stadiums are expected to be built to prepare for the Cup.[8]

The stadium was inaugurated on 16 May 2019, during the 2019 Amir Cup final between Al Sadd SC and Al-Duhail SC played in front of an audience of 38,678 people, making it the second stadium to be completed after Al Khalifa International Stadium.[9] This match was attended by the Emir (head of state) of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.[10][11]

In December 2020, Al Janoub Stadium hosted the 2020 AFC Champions League Final.[12]

The stadium hosted six matches during FIFA Arab Cup 2021.[13]

Design[edit]

The stadium was designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, and her architectural firm, Zaha Hadid Architects.[14] Zaha Hadid Architects stated that “The stadium was designed in conjunction with a new precinct so that it sits at the heart of an urban extension of the city, creating community-based activities in and around the stadium on non-event days.”[15]

According to the designers, it was inspired by the sails of traditional Dhow boats, used by pearl divers from the region, weaving through currents of the Persian Gulf.[5][16] The curvilinear roof and exterior references Al Wakrah's history of seafaring, additionally giving spectators the feeling on being on a ship.[17] Bowed beams hold up the roof, resembling a ship's hull.[18] The building is meant to resemble upturned dhow hulls arranged in a huddle to provide shade and shelter. The roof of the stadium is retractable, and is made from pleated PTFE fabric and cables, with the roof arches being 230 meters long.[19]

The cooling system prevents the stadium's users from overheating, due to Qatar's hot and arid climate. It is capable of cooling the spectator areas to 18°C and the field of play to 20°C.[20] According to Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), "detailed micro-climate analysis informed the arena's shape, with aerodynamics and optimal shading from the roof, which incorporates a minimal amount of glass, making a significant contribution to temperature control."[18]

Facilities[edit]

The sports complex includes a multipurpose room, with swimming pools and spas and a shopping center with green roofs. The entrance to the stadium will be on a wooded square.

A school, wedding hall, cycling, horse riding and running tracks, restaurants, marketplaces and gyms within the vicinity are planned to be built to accompany Al Janoub Stadium.[18]

Proposed renovations[edit]

After the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Al Janoub Stadium will become the Al-Wakrah Sports Club’s home, instead of the current Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium after reducing the seating capacity to half, from 40,000 to 20,000 and will be used for Qatar Stars League matches.[6] Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has claimed that the remaining half of the stadium's seats will be donated to developing countries in need of sporting infrastructure.[21][22]

2022 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Al Janoub Stadium will host seven matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Date Time Team No. 1 Result Team No. 2 Round Attendance
22 November 2022 22:00  France  Australia Group D
24 November 2022 13:00   Switzerland  Cameroon Group G
26 November 2022 13:00  Tunisia  Australia Group D
28 November 2022 13:00  Cameroon  Serbia Group G
30 November 2022 18:00  Australia  Denmark Group D
2 December 2022 18:00  Ghana  Uruguay Group H
5 December 2022 18:00 Winners Group E Runners-up Group F Round of 16

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "600 days to go: Qatar's FIFA World Cup stadiums are looking incredible". thepeninsulaqatar.com. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
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  14. ^ "See the first photos of Zaha Hadid's controversial World Cup stadium here". fastcompany.com. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
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  17. ^ "Get To Know The 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums". ArchDaily. 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  18. ^ a b c "A modern take on a historic design". qatar2022.qa. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
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  22. ^ "2022 FIFA World Cup: French delegation praises Al-Wakrah stadium". gdnonline.com. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2022.

Major Events[edit]

Preceded by
Vacant
( Two-legged finals )
AFC Champions League
Final Venue

2020
Succeeded by