An additional two stadia have been added to the list of FIFA World Cup venues, according to Qatar’s World Cup organisers.
One of the proposed new stadiums is on the site of the Qatar Sports Club in Dafna/West Bay, and the other near Hamad International Airport, bringing the total number of confirmed World Cup game venues to seven so far.
Doha Stadium Plus Qatar reports that the two latest venues were revealed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) competition venues director, Ghanim Al Kuwari, speaking at the stadiums and arenas international conference Fourth Coliseum MENA ConfEx in Doha.
FIFA ruling requires at least eight venues to host the 64 matches, and Qatar made its bid based on holding games at 12, including nine new playing fields and three refurbishments. However, in April this year, it reduced the number of venues by a third owing to delays and rising costs.
But that too has changed, with Al Rayyan stadium now being a total rebuild and not a refurbishment, as previously planned.
By year-end, the SCDL is expected to submit a proposal to FIFA, outlining what it believes would be an appropriate number of host venues, according to Doha News. March 2015 will see the final number decided by the world football governing body’s executive committee.