FUTURISTIC DESIGN FOR NEW WORLD CUP STADIUM

It may still be nine years until Qatar hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but the Arabian Kingdom are already looking to impress with the release of several stadium designs. 

Most striking of the plans released are those for the Al Wakrah, a 45,000-capacity arena located in the south of the Qatari capital Doha.

As well as the pitch, the stadium will also feature a spa, swimming pool and additional sporting facilities.

In their bid the Qatari Football Federation promised to build eleven new stadiums for the tournament, leaving the Khalifa International Stadium as the only existing venue to host games. 

Current estimates have set the cost of staging the 2022 World Cup at $220 billion dollars, almost sixty times that of the 2010 tournament. 

Posted on 13/06/2013