Container Stadium 974 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
What is the name of the container stadium in Qatar?
The temporary and sustainable container stadium is a great achievement of Qatar in the 2022 World Cup.
The 974 Stadium is one of the venues where World Cup matches were played, and it is the first temporary venue in the history of the competition due to its unique container design.
The Container Stadium is entirely built with containers and corten steel. It is the first fully dismantlable football stadium, demonstrating Qatar’s commitment to sustainability.
In addition, the number 974 is Qatar’s international dialing code and also represents the exact number of containers used to construct the stadium. Bathrooms, waiting rooms, dressing rooms, and food courts were installed along the containers.
It is located near a river in the capital, Doha, just a few kilometers from Hamad International Airport, providing easy access for teams and fans.
The design allows natural ventilation throughout the stadium. Therefore, unlike the other stadiums built for the 2022 World Cup, no air conditioning system is required, resulting in significant energy cost savings.
After the tournament, the 974 Stadium will be dismantled, and its containers and modular steel structure will be reused.
Despite being a temporary stadium, the 974 Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and will host seven matches of the 2022 World Cup.
Colorful shipping containers and a corten steel modular structure make up the 974 Stadium, completed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects in Qatar before the start of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Previously known as Ras Abu Aboud, this 40,000-seat sports venue near the port of Doha is the first stadium designed to be fully dismantlable in the history of the FIFA World Cup.
The Container Stadium is constructed with shipping containers 974
The Stadium 974 was designed by the Spanish firm Fenwick Iribarren Architects in partnership with the structural engineers Schlaich Bergermann Partner and the engineering consultancy Hilson Moran.
Its modular structure combines reused shipping containers and a steel framework, with some parts being recycled.
The containers used are colorful and vibrant.
The goal is to dismantle the stadium and rebuild it in a new location after the conclusion of the 2022 football tournament or repurpose it as a series of smaller spaces.
Its modular design has also reduced construction costs, construction time, and material waste. The organizers have stated that water-efficient methods will reduce water consumption by 40% compared to the development of a conventional stadium.
The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 spectators.
- The Stadium 974 gets its name from the number of containers used in its construction.
- The number 974 is also Qatar’s international dialing code.
The containers, many of which were used to transport construction materials to the site, tell a part of Qatar’s maritime history and industrial heritage.
The Container Stadium was designed to have natural ventilation.
While they form part of the stadium’s exterior, some of these steel containers have also been used to construct stairs, food areas, and bathrooms.
According to the Supreme Committee for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the Stadium 974 has been designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects to achieve a five-star certification in the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for both its construction and design.
GSAS assesses eco-friendly construction and infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa. Certification is available for the design, construction, and operation of a structure, with six stars being the highest achievable rating.
The stadium’s shape and the spaces between the seats facilitate natural ventilation, eliminating the need for artificial cooling. The stadium’s proximity to the sea contributes to this.
The containers are used as food areas inside the stadium.
The Supreme Committee for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 also hopes that the project will serve as an “innovative model” for sustainable stadium designs for future large-scale events.
“The impressive Stadium 974 is a proud symbol of sustainability and innovation,” stated SC President and Engineer Yasir Al Jamal.
“We believe that this innovative venue is changing the game for future hosts of mega-events,” added SC Secretary-General Hassan Al Thawadi.
A total of 974 shipping containers have been used.
The Container Stadium hosted the match on November 30th when Argentina defeated Poland 2-0, securing Argentina’s spot in the round of 16. Other recently completed stadiums for the tournament include the Al Thumama Stadium by Ibrahim M Jaidah and the Education City Stadium, also designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects.
The Stadium 974 is the only stadium located near the sea and will also be the first stadium that football fans will see upon arriving in Qatar for the tournament, due to its proximity to Hamad International Airport.