Qatar makes an early start on legacy planning for its 2022 stadiums

Qatar has began to plan roles for its World Cup stadiums after the tournament is over. The latest concerns a facility in the Education City suburb of Doha, which will combine sporting facilities with classrooms, offices, conference rooms and health clubs.

The 45,350-seat stadium will host local and regional sporting matches, training and community events, and plans to be the centre of the city’s health and wellness activities.

Project manager Eid al-Qahtani said: "It will be a highly visible, living example of sustainability in action for everybody who lives, works and studies at Education City and beyond, and our vision for it is to inspire people not just to great sporting achievement but to live healthier and more sustainable lives."

Ali bin Nasser al- Khalifa, a founding member of the Qatar Green Building Council, said the World Cup presented "an opportunity to provide a long-term legacy within the built environment, the sporting community and the general population of the country".

Qatar had originally planned to build 12 stadiums for the World Cup but the number has since been cut to 8. There are claims of worker abuse surrounding the 2022 World Cup already.

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