Lusail Iconic Stadium

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Lusail Iconic Stadium
New concept for the stadium's design
Location Lusail, Qatar
Coordinates 25°25′15.1″N 51°29′25.4″E / 25.420861°N 51.490389°E / 25.420861; 51.490389
Owner Qatar Football Association
Capacity 86,250[1]
Surface Grass
Broke ground 11 April 2017
Opened February 2019 (projected)
Architect Foster + Partners with MANICA Architecture
General contractor HBK Contracting
China Railway Construction Corporation[2]
Main contractors Aurecon Group as designer (previously KEO)
Qatar national football team

Lusail Iconic Stadium (Arabic: ملعب لوسيل الدولي‎) is a football stadium under construction in Lusail, Qatar, to be built in time for the finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The stadium will be used for the opening and final games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. [3]

The stadium was designed by British firm Foster + Partners with providing sport design expertise from MANICA Architecture.[3] In the construction phase KEO Consultants provided design services to the Contractor as part of its Design & Build. KEO were replaced by Aurecon Group in 2018. The design includes an almost circular base and will be surrounded by a moat and be connected to the car park by six bridges.[3]


The stadium has a near-circular footprint and sits on the masterplan’s primary axis, which divides the stadium precinct into two halves. Encircled by a reflective pool of water, spectators cross the 'moat' to enter the building via six bridges. An outer pedestrian concourse extends from the water towards an array of smaller amenity buildings and a hotel at the stadium’s perimeter.

The saddle-form roof appears to float above the concrete seating bowl, discreetly supported by a ring of arching columns. Its central section can be retracted to allow the pitch to be either open to the sky or fully covered. The concave profile of the stadium’s outer enclosure evokes the sails of a traditional dhow boat and incorporates a system of operable louvres. Inside, the seating bowl is designed to enhance the experience and atmosphere for spectators: VIP and hospitality accommodation is concentrated along the sides of the pitch to create a continuous sea of fans behind each goal.

Located in the centre of a new development to the north of Doha, with direct connections by road and a new metro line, Lusail Iconic Stadium is intended to be a catalyst for further growth and has a highly progressive environmental strategy.[citation needed] Parking and service areas are shaded by canopies of solar collectors, which will produce energy for the stadium when it is in use, as well as generating power for neighbouring buildings.[4]

On 2 February 2011, it was announced that the stadium would be reconfigured into a 20,000 seat post-World Cup football stadium.

Since 11 April 2017, the stadium is under construction.[5][6]


  1. ^ 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid Evaluation Report:Qatar.
  2. ^ "Qatar 2022: Lusail Stadium contractor selected". StadiumDB. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Administrator (2010-10-07). "Lusail Iconic Stadium, FIFA World Cup Stadiums Qatar, Building, Architect, Lusail Iconic Stadium Qatar". Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  4. ^ "Lusail Iconic Stadium for Qatar 2022 | Foster + Partners". plusMOOD. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  5. ^ "Work starts on Qatar World Cup final stadium at Lusail". The Peninsula Qatar. 12 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Qatar 2022: World Cup final venue under construction". StadiumDB. 13 April 2017.
Preceded by
Luzhniki Stadium
FIFA World Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford