Al Wakrah Stadium will become the second 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to be delivered when it is inaugurated during the 2019 Amir Cup final in May.

The Qatar Football Association and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said that the 40,000-capacity venue would host the final on May 16 after a stadium inauguration ceremony.

“The launch of Al Wakrah Stadium is a significant step on the road to 2022,” said Thani Khalifa Al Zarraa, the stadium project manager for SC.

“Its innovative and futuristic design means it is set to be one of the iconic venues during the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world. We hope thousands of football fans across the country will join us for this landmark occasion as we celebrate the progress we have made to-date and look forward to 2022 with renewed excitement.”

Al Wakrah Stadium is the first Qatar 2022 stadium to be built from scratch, and is the second to complete construction behind the redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium, which hosted the 2017 Amir Cup final.

Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, the QFA’s director of marketing and communications, said Al Wakrah Stadium would provide a fitting stage for Qatari football’s showpiece competition.

He said: “All our top clubs will be desperate to make the final and be one of the first teams to play on Al Wakrah’s freshly laid turf. And we are sure fans of all teams will be excited to join us on this auspicious occasion.”

Al Kuwari also announced that the Amir Cup Local Organising Committee will provide a number of activities to enrich the fan experience.

He continued: “Spectators of all ages will enjoy activations around the stadium’s precinct. Additionally, we will give local businesses and restaurants the chance to showcase their products.”

The stadium has a fully retractable roof, and features innovative technology that is capable of cooling the spectator areas to 18°C and the field of play to 20°C.

Image: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)