Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has announced that construction work on the retractable roof of Al Bayt Stadium has begun.

The stadium, which is located in Al Khor City, is scheduled to host a semi-final during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Once completed, its roof will weigh about 1,600 tonnes.

The structure will be closable at the touch of a button as part of a three-phase process that will take approximately 20 minutes. Each roof truss stands at 94.4 metres wide and weighs between 82 and 104 tonnes.

The lifting of the trusses can only be done when there is little or no wind and can be carried out once every two to three days, the Supreme Committee said. The lifting takes approximately three hours.

Aspire Zone Foundation’s project director for Al Bayt Stadium, Dr. Nasser Al Hajeri, said: “This structure will allow more flexibility in lighting and climate conditions within the stadium, making it fit for purpose all year round. Installing the roof structure is a significant milestone as it completes the major lifting required on-site and means the big cranes can soon be removed.”

Al Bayt Stadium has been designed in the style of a traditional Bedouin tent and will have a capacity of 60,000 during the World Cup. Capacity will be reduced to around 30,000 following the tournament, with parts of the venue to be donated to countries in need of sporting structure.

The upper concourse of the stadium will also be converted into a hotel, while other features will include a shopping centre, a branch of the Aspetar sports medicine facility, multi-purpose halls and other venues.

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