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What do you need to know about Stadium 974 - Qatar's latest venue for the 2022 World Cup?

20:30 BST 27/03/2022
Stadium 974 located near the Doha port
Formerly known as the Ras Abu Aboud stadium, this is the seventh venue to be completed for the World Cup...

Qatar, on Saturday, unveiled their seventh tournament ready venue for the 2022 World Cup - Stadium 974.

The venue follows Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Bayt and Al Thumama in being declared ready to host matches for the World Cup, with only one more venue left to be unveiled.

Previously known as Ras Abu Aboud, Stadium 974 will be inaugurated during the Arab Cup which kickstarts on November 30, 2021. The stadium will host the match between Syria and UAE on the opening day and will host a total of six matches during the tournament.

Stadium 974 will play hosts to seven 2022 World Cup matches, up to the Round of 16 stage.

The venue has a lot of interesting aspects to it. Let's take a look at five facts you must know about Stadium 974.

  • Stadium 974 was built using shipping containers for Qatar 2022

    Why is it called Stadium 974?

    The venue's nomenclature is interesting. You must probably be thinking why a number has been assigned as part of the name for a World Cup venue. But it has a couple of very interesting reasons.

    Stadium 974 has been constructed using shipping containers, as already mentioned. 974 is the number of shipping containers used to build the venue. Intriguing, isn't it? That's not all.

    974 is also Qatar's international dialling code and that also played a part behind the stadium's name. The name also is supposed to reflect the stadium's strategic position, located close to the Hamad International Airport, Doha Airport and Doha Port.

  • Stadium 974 is made of shipping containers

    First fully demountable stadium in World Cup history

    Stadium 974, quite interestingly, can be fully dismantled after use and is the first fully demountable stadium in the history of World Cups. The stadium has been constructed using shipping containers and modular steel frames, reflecting Qatar's maritime history.

    The design of the stadium makes it visually appealing while also ensuring cost effectiveness, given that fewer materials were used compared to a traditional stadium.

  • Advanced Cooling Tech nozzles

    No need for Advanced Cooling Tech

    One of the most distinguishing features about the 2022 World Cup venues has been the Advanced Cooling Tech which will keep the temperatures inside the stadiums to an optimum, both for the fans and the players alike.

    However, Stadium 974 will be the only World Cup venue which will not have the cooling technology. It doesn't need one, given its innovative design.

    The stadium is naturally ventilated due to its design and location very close to the sea front.

  • Stadium 974 interior

    Sustainability at the forefront

    Stadium 974 is a shining example of sustainability, on quite a few counts.

    Given that there is no need for cooling tech, combined with the stadium's efficient design, means water use at the venue has been reduced by almost 40 per cent.

    The modular design of the stadium makes use of shipping containers. More interestingly, the containers were initially used to transport building materials for the venue before becoming part of the facade!

    To add to it, much of the stadium's structure has been built using recycled steel.

  • Doha Metro

    Highly accessible

    Accessing Stadium 974 should be easy-peasy for fans, given its strategic location. It is situated within 4kms of the Hamad International Airport. It is also very near to the Doha Airport and the Doha Port.

    It is also easily accessible using the Doha Metro. The stadium is located within 800m of the Ras Bu Abboud station on the gold line of the metro. Travelling to and fro from the stadium for the World Cup should be a piece of cake for fans.

  • Influencer Cup

    The Influencer Cup is a tournament for content creators from different parts of the world that will take place in Doha, Qatar, on March 28 and 29. The event, which is organized by the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, will be contested at the 974 Stadium, one of the eight venues that will be used at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    The tournament will gather four teams, with more than 25 influencers involved in the action. Content Creators will represent their continents (Europa, Americas, MENA and Asia) in a 5x5 competition spread in two phases: a Round Robin group stage on the first day and Final and Third Place on the second. In both days, games will start at 2pm local time and can be followed on Roadto2022 and GOAL social channels.

    The event will also gather Qatar Legacy Ambassadors and other FIFA legends like Cafu, Samuel Eto'o, Tim Cahill, Javier Mascherano, Lothar Matthaus and Marcel Desailly, who will be involved in the activities across both days. Sponsored by Qatar Airways, the Influencer Cup is a rare opportunity to see football content creators from several places to engage with their counterparts using football to connect. Between the participants, high-profile influencers like Billy Wingrove, Sean Garnier, Werevertumorro and Morena Beltran are among the players.