Qatar has unveiled impressive plans of an 86,250-seater stadium on a purpose built island as part of their 2022 FIFA World Cup bid.

The brand stadium in New Lusail City would host both opening and final matches if Qatar wins the rights to stage the tournament.

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, chairman of the bid team, said: “The stadium will inspire a new generation of regional and international sports venues, incorporating environmentally friendly cooling technologies to ensure the ideal conditions for players and spectators alike."

The venue is designed by Foster & Partners and reflects various elements of Qatari heritage including the traditional dhow sail.

It includes a fully retractable roof and the same environmentally friendly, solar cooling technologies that will ensure all of Qatar’s 12 open-air stadiums are cooled to around 27 degrees Centigrade.

The stadium will have shade across the entire pitch and will have the world’s largest cable-net roof.

"The design of the stadium provides fans with optimum views of the action in a cool and comfortable setting," added Khalifa Al Thani.

"Its beauty and ambition represent the pride and enthusiasm that we have displayed in our bid thus far and will continue to display until the day FIFA awards the 2022 World Cup and beyond."

All proposed venues are within an hour of central Doha enabling fans to see at least two games in a day.

If Qatar is awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup, construction of the Lusail Stadium will start in 2015 and be completed in 2019.

Posted on 13/10/2010