With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks-off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue on Friday.
The Khalifa International Stadium — complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup — will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.
“I think it is a source of immense joy and pride,” Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure at World Cup organising body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy,
The stadium was first built in 1976 and has just gone through its second refurbishment.It will house 40,000 fans during the World Cup, hosting matches played up to the quarter-final stage.
Significantly, it will also host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.As part of its revamp, Khalifa includes technology that will provide air-conditioning for fans.
Approximately 500 jet nozzles will blast out cold air, keeping temperatures at around 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit), for fans.