Al Janoub Stadium || FIFA World Cup 2022
Al Janoub Stadium, formerly known as Al Wakra Stadium, is a retractable roof football stadium in Al Wakra, the capital city of the Al Wakra Municipality situated South of Doha.
Designed by Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid together with the firm AECOM, the stadium features a postmodernist and neo-futurist design. The design is inspired by the sales of traditional Dow boats in tribute to Al Wakrah’s seafaring past.
The capacity of the stadium is 40,000.
The construction started in 2014 and it took 5 years to complete.
The stadium was inaugurated on the 16th of May 2019 during the Amir Cup final between Al Saad SC and Al-Duhail. SC played in front of an audience of 38,678 people.
It was the 2nd World Cup stadium to be completed after Khalifa International Stadium.
In 2019, the stadium hosted a semifinal match at the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.
It hosted the 2020 AFC Champions League final and six matches during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021.
During the World Cup, the stadium will host seven matches, six group games and a round of 16 match. After the World Cup, Al Janoub Stadium will become the new home of Al-Wakra SC.
The capacity will be reduced by half to 20,000.
The remaining half of the stadium seats will be donated to developing countries in need of sporting infrastructure.