Feb 12
Kick-off In Qatar
Kick-off In Qatar
THE HEAT is on. As the excitement builds up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, preparations are underway at Qatar for this eagerly-anticipated international tournament. In the run-up to the kick-off, one of the five FIFA-compliant stadiums, built by Larsen & Toubro, has been inaugurated on Qatar National Day, 18 December. The 40,000-capacity stadium opened with the Amir Cup 2020 final – exactly two years before the country hosts the FIFA World Cup final.
 
During the World Cup, the stadium will host seven matches up to the round-of-16 stage. After the World Cup, 20,000 of the upper tier seats will be dismantled and donated for football development projects abroad. To beat the desert heat, the pitch and bowl are air-conditioned.  Air-Handling Units (AHUs) under the bowl seating area blow in cool air from under the seat diffusers, maintaining the temperature at 26oC (+2oC). The pitch is cooled by AHUs located around the pitch locations in the basement.
 
A study in magnificence, the stadium’s elegant, ornate façade features Qatari patterns.  These depict the country’s different aspects – the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native flora and fauna and local and international trade, strength and unity. Created using a cutting-edge parametric design, the distinctive façade plays an important role in cooling the building. The roof has a special floating steel structure.
 
No wonder, India’s External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar was very impressed by the achievements of L&T in bringing this dream of the state-of-the-art stadium to reality. Delighted to be playing a role in the World Cup, L&T looks forward to many more kick-offs and touchdowns.

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