y light-text”>Stadium 974, currently under construction, will no longer host matches as World Cup matches are reduced… [+] towards a conclusion.
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From above, the World Cup stadiums in Qatar look like colossal pots, seashells, or even large-scale extensions of human muscle (see Al Janoub). Stunning as they are, their appearance is hardly surprising when you consider the wealth and folly that drive a Gulf nation’s bid to deliver a tournament like no other, bordering on the futuristic.
As such, they are out of sync with Stadium 974. Perhaps by accident, the soccer center that bears the name in part of their country’s dialing code has become the maverick venue for this World Cup. It’s also disappearing, being dismantled like a tent post-game, before perhaps reappearing somewhere, someday.
To say that it is a throwback sounds correct when compared to the alternatives. But that’s not the right word. It is true that Stadium 974 is not, or was not, the most modern in Qatar. The most innovative? Yes. The most progressive? Well, possibly.
Its title, and the fact that its structure is, at heart, an assemblage of recycled shipping containers, is a start. Some reports say that the construction also comprised exactly 974 containers. In this sense, it is already iconic, unlike other new construction or historic land.
The fact that it can be reborn in a future World Cup or Olympic Games is the most striking. For years to come, fans and media personnel may reminisce about their visits to 974, trying to remember if it was a group stage game in the Middle East or one on another continent. There are some rumors that it will appear in Uruguay or somewhere in Africa, closer to Qatar. This characteristic implies that it could periodically reinforce the leisure infrastructure of other countries from now on.
The stadium, the first for a World Cup, hosted just seven matches in Qatar.
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Given the public relations skepticism of both FIFA and Qatar at this World Cup, from desperately encouraging guests to focus on the games to ensuring this will be a zero-carbon event, it’s hard to say how positive that is. this stadium. Granted, it’s a snippet of the occasion, one where the construction of the stadium has cost dollars and lives, but this sets up a different plan.
In terms of material and financial longevity, being able to assemble and disassemble a reusable stadium is quite attractive, minus the logistics and cost of transporting its parts long distances, which is a potential challenge. And while construction may have taken many months, the idea could succeed if the architects can come up with a simple design to easily pack up and rebuild. Based in Spain, designer studio Fenwick Arribaren Architects was behind the thinking.
Qatar reportedly spent less than 9.5 billion euros ($10 million) on its World Cup stadiums, a fraction of the tournament’s total cost, but not far from the total amount Russia spent in 2018. Of the eight venues , Stadium 974 would not have been that. expensive compared to stadiums like the Lusail Stadium, part of a larger local redevelopment, and ready to host the final.
Given the relatively short time frame for a World Cup and concerns about the purposes of these constructions beyond December 18, Stadium 974 offers something unique and with long-term value. It will be interesting to see if future stadiums follow the same model.
Their last match involved Brazil defeating South Korea 4-1 in the first knockout round, the first look at the Seleção’s best in this competition. Previously, his most entertaining matches included 3-2 wins for Portugal and Switzerland against Ghana and Serbia respectively. It was a brief cameo, but he could live otherwise.