Stadium 974

Stadium 974 is a football stadium in Ras Abu Aboud, Doha, Qatar. It was formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. The stadium will host matches during Qatar’s upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It is located in the eastern part of the Qatari capital and is the first temporary venue in FIFA World Cup history. Fenwick Iribarren Architects worked on designing the arena. The company revealed its blueprint on November 26, 2017. Early construction operations began in mid-October of the same year. Although, the main work started on November 1, 2019. Works completed without any major issues.

Construction of the arena will be completed in March 2021. Interestingly, constructors used fewer materials to build the venue than it usually takes for this scale. This was due to the high usage of ready-made units. The venue was unveiled on November 20, 2021, with a virtual opening ceremony. The stadium made its debut with a match in the Arab Cup 2021.

The stadium has a rectangular shape with clear round edges. Because modular steel units are employed in construction, it appears to be formed of huge Lego bricks. The auditorium has a 40,000-seat capacity. A strip of boxes divides the auditorium into two portions. In addition, the stadium stands near the bay. This helps the stadium keep the thermal situation normal with a natural refreshing breeze.

Stadium 974 pieces of information

Full Name Stadium 974
Location Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar
Architect Fenwick Iribarren Architects
Capacity 40,000
Construction Began November 1, 2019
Stadium Opened November 20, 2021
Structural Engineer Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Contractors HBK Contracting

Facts about the Stadium

  • The stadium was formerly supposed to be named Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.
  • Its name comes from the shipping container count used in the construction period, which is 974.
  • It is the first fully dismantlable stadium in world cup history.
  • This is the only stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup without pre-installed advanced cooling technology.
  • It is located only 4km away from Hamad International Airport. It is also close to Doha Airport and Doha Port.
  • The venue received a 4-star rating from GSAS.

2022 FIFA World Cup in the Stadium

Date Time Match
22 November 2022 19:00 Mexico vs Poland
24 November 2022 13:00 Portugal vs Ghana
26 November 2022 22:00 France vs Denmark
28 November 2022 22:00 Brazil vs Switzerland
30 November 2022 18:00 Poland vs Argentina
2 December 2022 22:00 Serbia vs Switzerland
5 December 2022 22:00 Winner Gr.G vs Runners-up Gr.H

Stadium 974 is the first fully demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup history. The designers and constructors built the stadium using shipping containers and modular steel frames. As the event ends, the venue will be deconstructed fully. The elements will be reutilized for the production of various sports building projects abroad. Management will work on cleaning and turning the site green like before.

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