Lusail, Qatar – With a capacity of 70,000, Lucille Stadium will be the venue for the biggest tournament of the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar from November next year.
The stadium will host a total of 10 matches, including finals and matches at each stage of the event – one of the eight venues in the tournament.
The organizers of the tournament told Al Jazeera that the stadium was ready for completion “by the end of 2021” and that its “Concrete work, steel superstructure installation and large roof lifting have been completed.
“Venue’s turf was planted at a border turf farm in August 2020, and inspections showed good growth progress and overall health.”
The design of the stadium is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that marks the “fanner” lantern.
To deliver on the organizing committee’s legacy commitments, a school, accommodation, shops, food shops and health clinics will be on display at Lucille Stadium after the World Cup.
A community football pitch will also be built within the premises.
According to the stadium’s fact sheet, built by Qatar 2022 organizers, some installations will be removed from the stadium “to pave the way for this new facility”.
Qatar will have to play the tournament in November and December next year to avoid the summer heat, where temperatures often drop beyond 40C (104F) a day.