DOHA May 30 Qatar has appointed the lead
project manager and design consultant for the first of its World
Cup 2022 stadiums, the committee managing preparations for the
event said on Thursday.
Regional project management and consulting firm KEO
International has been appointed project manager and Los
Angeles-based Aecom Technology Corp was named as design
consultant for the al-Wakrah Stadium, the Qatar 2022 Supreme
Committee said in a statement.
Qatar, where summer temperatures top 45 degrees celsius, was
the surprise winner of a FIFA vote in 2010 to choose the 2022
host country. The tiny Gulf state plans to build solar-powered,
air-conditioned stadiums to overcome the sweltering summer heat
as well as housing, infrastructure and transport for the event.
The top tiers of the planned 45,000-seat stadium will be
modular and, following the tournament, the capacity of the
stadium will be reduced to 20,000, with the remaining 25,000
seats removed, donated and re-constructed in countries that need
sporting infrastructure, the statement said.
"This is an important step for us as we deliver on our
innovative hosting concept," Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary
General for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, said in the
"In the coming months, we will also bring on board a project
manager and design consultant for Al Rayyan Stadium."
No financial details of the contract was provided.
Construction of Qatar's first stadium for the 2022 World Cup
tournament is slated to start in 2013, with construction of the
first stadium completed by 2015, officials from Qatar's Supreme
Committee said last year.
The Gulf state has plans to build nine new stadiums and
renovate three existing facilities.