The previous few days have seen the soccer world targeted on the Middle East and the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. As followers round the globe have tuned into the motion, they’ve been launched to two FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ venues.
Alongside Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Education City Stadium has been entrance and centre, whereas the world’s high golf equipment have battled it out for the prestigious title. As anticipation builds for the match’s final match day on 11 February, the ‘Diamond in the Desert’ is ready to showcase an thrilling conclusion to the week-lengthy occasion by staging the third-place play-off between Al Ahly SC and SE Palmeiras and the final between FC Bayern München and Tigres UANL.
The 40,000-capability venue was tasked with staging 4 matches over three match days at the Club World Cup. On Thursday, 4 February, reigning Qatar Stars League champions Al Duhail SC took on Egyptian giants and CAF Champions League holders Al Ahly in a second-spherical conflict. On Sunday, 7 February, Education City performed host to just lately-topped CONMEBOL Libertadores champions Palmeiras in the competitors’s first semi-final, as they confronted CONCACAF Champions League holders Tigres UANL.
Those match days have given worldwide publicity to Education City and are the newest milestones for a venue that could be a supply of delight for these carefully linked to it. “I recall Education City Stadium as a huge hole in the ground in 2014, and I often catch myself overwhelmed to see how quickly this excavation became a huge diamond located in the middle of universities and schools in Education City,” stated Engineer Muneera Al Jabir, Education City Stadium’s Precinct Manager.
“Every now and then, when I stand in the middle of the pitch, and look around at the beautiful infrastructure, and all the details from the colour of the spectators’ seats to the quality of the grass, I cannot help but feel pure pride as well as gratification to see that all our hard work has paid off.”
Since being inaugurated final June as the third match-ready venue for Qatar 2022, Education City has been put to good use, as Qatar stepped up to present a centralised hub for soccer competitions to full their schedules in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top of that checklist was the 2020 AFC Champions League, as the venue hosted a complete of 23 matches. This included ten video games in the West Region part and 13 matches in the East Region portion of Asia’s high membership competitors. Staging these matches offered beneficial suggestions.
“We learned many lessons that helped us to test the venue and readiness of the systems and the facilities to host such events,” stated Al Jabir. “The AFC Champions League was an opportunity for us to know more about the operation of the stadium and how it could be improved from different aspects.”
Hosting numerous excessive-stage matches offered some upkeep challenges for the stadium employees. “The challenges were mainly related to the COVID-19 precautions and safety of the people participating and working in the stadium. The stadium had three rounds of disinfection per match day for facilities like the press conference room, players’ bench areas and competition and bubble area,” Al Jabir stated.
“The pitch maintenance was another challenge, since the stadium hosted 13 matches over seven days. The utilisation of the pitch was high, which led to wear on the field of play, particularly in the warm-up and goal areas. Thankfully, the team was monitoring this closely and managed to have the turf restored and promptly replaced where necessary to maintain the required playing conditions.”
Located 13km from Doha metropolis centre and at the coronary heart of Qatar Foundation – a vibrant centre for information and innovation – followers which have attended Club World Cup matches have loved the venue’s accessible nature, particularly through the Doha Metro’s Green Line, with Education City station located inside strolling distance of this ultramodern enviornment. It can also be an enduring image of sustainability after changing into the first Qatar 2022 match venue to obtain a 5-star ranking from the Global Sustainability Assessment System.
“The stadium is equipped with premium facilities to accommodate all stakeholders from match audiences to football players,” Al Jabir added. “For example, the stadium can host more than one football match per day. It is equipped with four dressing rooms instead of the standard two dressing rooms option found in other stadiums. It also has a cooling system in the bowl and the spectators’ tiers, making the experience more comfortable, especially during summer.”
Set to host eight matches up to the quarter-finals stage during Qatar 2022, Education City is ready to welcome the world when soccer’s showpiece occasion takes place in lower than two years’ time. For Al Jabir, the Club World Cup is one other key second for a venue challenge she has been a part of from the starting.
“Attending an official match in the stadium and seeing it operational with live broadcasting on international television makes me feel proud and confident with our readiness to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, which always motivates us to look for the best to ensure we provide an unforgettable experience of the matches that will be hosted in our stadiums in 2022.”