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The construction of Stadium 974, previously known as Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, has been completed ahead of schedule for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar. The stadium is located in the city of Doha, Qatar, and can host up to 40,000 spectators.
The arena is made of 974 shipping containers and modular, structural steel, thus earning it the name “Stadium 974”. The stadium is entirely demountable and can be dismantled and reassembled in a new location or repurposed into several smaller venues.
The shape and gaps between the seats allow natural ventilation and artificial cooling. Moreover, the stadium's proximity to the Persian Gulf offers a natural cool breeze to lighten the load on the stadium's cooling systems.
Designed by Fenwrick Iribarren Architects, Stadium 974 features a modular design, reducing the construction cost, duration, and material waste. In addition to that, the use of water will be reduced by 40% compared to conventional stadium construction due to the efficient methods introduced in the project.
The containers making up the exterior also serve as spaces to hold staircases, concessions, and restrooms. The containers have also delivered other construction materials to the job site.
The stadium's design has received a five-star certification in the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), which rates green building and infrastructure across the Middle East and North Africa.
The cost for the Qatar World Cup is estimated to be around $222 billion. The country has received backlash from several human rights groups due to numerous reasons, including its unsafe labor conditions. A recent report from the Guardian stated that 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since the country won the bid to host the World Cup in 2010.
The report was refuted by Qatar’s Ministry of Labour. On the other hand, the country has been implementing new policies to reform its labor structure.