The construction of Al Rayyan Stadium, one of the host venues for football’s Fifa World Cup in Qatar in 2022, is ahead of schedule after the first concrete was poured at the location of the facility’s west stand yesterday (Wednesday).

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, which is responsible for delivering the stadia and infrastructure for the tournament, said development work is five weeks ahead of schedule, with the stadium on track to meet its expected completion date of 2019.

The construction of the venue’s training sites was recently completed and the concrete pouring represents a key milestone in the stadium’s overall development.

The Supreme Committee said that over 100,000 cubic metres of concrete and 6,700 tonnes of structural steel would be used during the next phase of the project.

In recent weeks, Qatar Rail has completed the excavation for the metro in the area surrounding the stadium, with works on connecting roads also nearing completion.

The venue will serve as the home stadium of Al Rayyan Sports Club.