Qatar World Cup Stadium to be the most expensive

One of the stadiums being built for the Qatar 2022 World Cup could be the most expensive sports facility ever built, the architect behind the project has said.

The Sports City Stadium which will hold 65,000 fans could cost more than $2bn, Dan Meis, of US-based Populous was quoted as saying.

This compares to the $1.28bn it cost to build the new Wembley Stadium, which is judged one of the world’s best new stadiums.

“A lot of the cost is the fact that it’s much more than a stadium,” Meis said in comments originally published by and cited by Qatar daily Gulf Times.

“That’s kind of the big idea, that it’s a full entertainment destination in one building. It’s a mall, it includes a hotel tower, an office tower and a media tower that all support this giant floating roof and there’s occupied space up on the roof, as well,” he said.

The Sports City Stadium, one of 12 facilities being built for the mega event, would also be among the most technologically advanced, with removable seats that can scale the building down to a 10,000-seat amphitheatre.

The project, which is inspired by the shape of a Bedouin tent, will have a partially retractable roof, which will open and close in 15 to 20 minutes.

An in-stadium cooling system will be installed to help players and spectators from overheating in a climate where temperatures surpass 100 degrees.

Water will run through an absorption chiller that will chill the water and send it into another tank. The tank will pump 64-degree air at the ankle and neck level in each row of seats.