ORGANISERS of the Qatar World Cup have revealed details of the amazing new stadium built off the back of a ship.
The 40,000 Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is being constructed using building blocks of shipping containers – and can be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.
The stunning temporary structures is the first time a World Cup stadium has been constructed that can be packed away and then rebuilt anywhere in the globe.
Each modular container will arrive on the back of a giant tanker and can then be slotted into the shell of the stadium.
The blocks will house seats, toilets, food stands and merchandise concessions, with the ground being put together like a Lego set.
Situated on the waterside just outside Doho, the venue will play host to several matches during the tournament – including a quarter-final.
It is one of eight venues being constructed and rebuilt in time to host the tournament, which is likely to take place in the winter for the first time.
Mark Fenwick, senior partner at stadium architects FI-A, said: “We are delighted to be part of another 2022 World Cup project, and are very proud that our design for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will go down in history as the first-ever moveable and reusable World Cup stadium.
“We are confident that this innovative and sustainable concept will be an inspiration for stadium developers and architects around the world, capable of creating aesthetically pleasing venues that offer new legacy possibilities.”
Qatar 2022 head Hassan Al Thawadi said: “Innovation has always been central to our plans for delivering a historic 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.
“I’m delighted with this design and confident that Ras Abu Aboud will become a blueprint for future mega-event planners to follow.”