Construction work has started to renovate Khalifa International Stadium, the third proposed host venue for the 2022 World Cup.
The renovation project will see the stadium’s seating capacity increase to 40,000, which will make it compliant with FIFA requirements and enable it to host group stage, last 16 and quarter-final matches.
The announcement was made by The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the ASPIRE Zone Foundation, the stadium’s delivery organisation.
According to a report in Qatar Tribune, the SC will unveil the new stadium design for Khalifa International Stadium in collaboration with the Qatar Football Association (QFA) in Riyadh on November 24 on the sidelines of the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations, in the presence of HE Abdullatif bin Rashid al Zayani, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the heads of GCC football federations and a number of officials and dignitaries from various countries in the region.
Commenting on the announcement, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmad al Thani, President of the QFA, said: “We would like to thank the Kingdom for hosting such a prestigious event, which reflects that the countries and people in the region stand by Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the SC, added: “We are excited to see everything come together to begin main contractor works on the third proposed host venue equipped to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Every new project brings us one step closer to hosting the first ever FIFA World Cup in the Middle East, and also reflects the size of the effort to fulfil Qatar’s pledge to host a memorable tournament for the region eight years from now.”