World Cup 2022 host Qatar will complete work on the first venue for tournament matches by the end of 2016, officials have announced.
The 40,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium is scheduled to host group stage, round of 16 and quarter-final matches during the 2022 World Cup.
It is also the venue for the 2019 Athletics World Championships.
With the concrete structure approaching conclusion and new levels of seating areas adding to the height of the stadium, approximately 90 percent of the structural concrete has been laid and is expected to be fully completed within two months, a statement said.
Mansoor Saleh B Al – Muhannadi, project manager at Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “We are very happy with the rapid progress of renovation works at the site. Khalifa International Stadium is moving to new heights with structural work in concrete and steel, and the vertical structure is now at level eight while strengthening works are also underway.
“We expect the stadium to be handed over by the main contractor at the end of 2016.”
Originally built as a 20,000-seater stadium in 1976, Khalifa International Stadium hosted the Gulf Cup that year. It returned to hosting prominence in 1992, receiving an upgrade to once-more host the Gulf Cup and later hosted the 1995 FIFA U20 World Cup.
The stadium is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation to meet the FIFA standards for World Cup stadiums, which includes adding a new building to the east wing, and building a single roof to cover the whole seating area.
The venue will fit 40,000 spectators and be completely cooled, including the field of play, all seats and concourses.
The skeleton of the new stadium is on track for completion by the end of the year.
Ghanim Al Kuwari, SC Competition Venues executive director, said: “With this renovation, the stadium will not only be refurbished, but also enhanced with new features, maintaining its position as a global sports centre and also improving its role as a focal point for the local community.”
The venue will house the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. Food courts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health centre will also be available on the upper and lower concourses to be built in the East wing.
A joint venture between Midmac Contracting and a subsidiary of the Belgian Besix Group, Six Construct, is overseeing the main contractor works on the stadium. Arabian Business