Qatar launches first 2022 World Cup stadium
Khalifa International Stadium has undergone extensive renovation work to meet compliance standards with Fifa, while also adding new features that fit the requirements such as additional seating, installation of cooling technology, and the construction of a sports museum within the venue.

Khalifa International Stadium has undergone extensive renovation work to meet compliance standards with Fifa, while also adding new features that fit the requirements such as additional seating, installation of cooling technology, and the construction of a sports museum within the venue.

The stadium will host games up to the quarter-final for the 2022 World Cup, as well as the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

World Cup stadium already delivered and fully operational is a great joy, besides giving us confidence regarding the level of preparations in Qatar".

It cost an estimated $90 million (82 million euros) to refit and is part of a budget of up to $10 billion Qatar is spending on stadiums and training grounds for 2022. "In the name of all Arabs, I announce the readiness of Khalifa Stadium for hosting games at the 2022 World Cup", he told the crowd.

Approximately 500 jet nozzles will blast out cold air, keeping temperatures at around 23 degrees Celsius, for fans.

“The completion of our first stadium for the 2022 Fifa World Cup is an important milestone for Qatar and reflects our commitment to delivering all of the proposed venues well in advance of the tournament,” said H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, which is responsible for delivering infrastructure and stadia for the World Cup.

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended the final of HH the Emir Cup between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan at Khalifa International Stadium and saw Al Sadd winning 2-1.