Plans for a ground-breaking stadium in Qatar which will be repurposed after the 2022 World Cup have been revealed by those in charge of delivering the event.
The showpiece may still be a little under five years away, with focus very much locked on Russia 2018 for now, but work is well underway in the Middle East.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) sit at the heart of Qatar’s project, with ambitious proposals being laid out as the nation is readied to throw open its doors to the world.
Among the venues set to be constructed is the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, a ground which will raise the bar in World Cup circles when it comes to sustainability.
The legacy of such events has been an issue in the past, with huge stadiums constructed to stage a month-long event often struggling to be filled or used to their full potential once the eyes of a global audience shift elsewhere.
Qatar appear to have found a way around that problem with their latest venture.
The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will seat 40,000 spectators during the 2022 World Cup and is set to be used for fixtures up to the quarter-final stage.
Once it has played its part in proceedings, the venue can be completely dismantled and repurposed.
As it is constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and modular ‘building blocks’, parts from the ground will be used in other sporting and non-sporting projects post-2022.
A statement released by SC upon unveiling the plans read: “As well as providing invaluable infrastructure to sporting projects far and wide, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will also give global stadium developers and tournament planners a fine example to follow.
“The venue’s temporary nature and clever modular design will mean that fewer building materials will be required than in traditional stadium building, helping to keep construction costs down.
“And with other projects reusing the seats, roof and other components of the arena, parts of the venue will be utilised for years and even decades to come.
“Minimising construction costs and ensuring regular future use are the key ingredients in making a new stadium – and sporting mega events – sustainable.
“Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will create an innovative blueprint that many others will follow.”
SC Secretary General H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi said: “Innovation has always been central to our plans for delivering a historic FIFA World Cup that leaves a legacy for Qatar and the world, and there is no better example of this than the design of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.
"This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports and cultural venues. All of this in a stadium that delivers the atmosphere fans expect at a World Cup and which we will build in a more sustainable way than ever before."
The plans are the work of leading football stadium designers Fenwick Iribarren Architects, who are also behind the Qatar Foundation Stadium.
There is now just one project left to reveal, the Lusail Stadium which will play host to the opening ceremony and final.