Qatar’s Al Wakrah Stadium now has roof support


The new pillars being installed

Qatar’s upcoming Al Wakrah stadium came a major step closer to completion this week with the installation of two enormous pillars to support the venue’s retracting roof.

The pillars – which look like huge hockey sticks – weigh 540 tonnes each and were installed using two 600-tonne cranes.


Images released by the SCDL show the progress on the site

Construction on the 40,000-seater stadium is expected to be completed next year.

When done, it will have a retractable steel roof that takes about a half hour to close with the help of steel wires.


Wakrah Stadium rendering

The roof, which is inspired by the hull of a dhow, will provide shade and help keep the stadium cool during football matches.

Zaha Hadid’s legacy

The stadium will serve as the venue for the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals. It was designed by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.


Al Wakrah Stadium

Hadid’s death last year only increases the importance of completing the stadium, said the venue’s project manager.

In a statement this week, Thani Al Zarraa added:

“The fact that the design of this stadium will bring (her) vision from the paper into structural form is in the back of everyone’s mind.”

“It is both a privilege and a challenge to be working on such a unique project.”

According to Al Zarraa, construction on the site is still running to schedule. The completion date is sometime in the final quarter of next year.


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