The Lusail Stadium, the venue that will host both the opening match and final at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, is edging closer to completion after it was confirmed that work on the substructure for the facility has surpassed 75 per cent.

In an official update, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required to host the national team tournament, said construction at the site is “progressing rapidly”.

The venue’s west stand, which contains the VVIP, VIP, media tribunes and other elements, is now more than 70m tall and work to install its various features has now commenced.

Once complete, the Lusail Stadium will boast a capacity of 80,000.

Tamim El Abed, stadium project manager for the SC, said: “We began work on-site at the end of 2016 and you can see the progress we have made in that short space of time.

“Now that work on the substructure is nearing completion, you will really start to see the superstructure rise up from the ground.

“Every day the site is changing, which is building excitement both within the team on-site and among the many visitors we welcome each month.”

Meanwhile, work on the area surrounding the stadium has also progressed, with accommodation and various amenities for 3,500 workers now complete.

Development work within Lusail City is also moving forward, with the SC saying that residents have started to move into the new apartments that are being built as part of the project.

Once complete, Lusail City will be able to house more than 200,000 residents and welcome 170,000 people for work once completed.

In addition, work on the new Lusail Light Tram, which features a track that runs directly through the Lusail Stadium precinct, is nearing completion.

El Abed added: “The whole atmosphere around the stadium is one of a city coming to life. You can see the Lusail Metro Station a short distance away, which will one day bring thousands of fans to the area on matchday.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of this project and I hope the people of Qatar are looking forward to what’s in store.”

Image: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)