Seven FIFA World Cup 2022 games were held at Stadium 974, with Brazil defeating South Korea 4–1 in the round of 16 on 5 December, the last of them. After that the stadium will disappear, according to Qatar which will soon host the Asian Games, the Asian Cup and possibly even the Olympics.
The first stadium in the world that can be moved and taken to play in another country is Stadium 974 in Qatar. It was constructed using 974 recycled shipping containers. It is the only World Cup stadium in Qatar that does not have air conditioning. The international dialing number for Qatar is also the name of the stadium, 974.
Qatar’s football stadiums are expensive, but it is not clear by how much. It is estimated that around $200 billion was spent on projects related to the preparation of the World Cup. Seven brand new, exclusive regions with compelling themes that draw inspiration from local culture are what Qatar got in return for its investment. When Qatar submitted a proposal and was awarded the hosting rights in 2010, it had plans for a 12-stadium.
According to FIFA’s guidelines for World Cup host venue planning, there must be a primary stadium with a minimum capacity of 80,000 to host the final, with another stadium with a minimum capacity of at least 60,000 to host the semi-finals. Minimum capacity of 40,000. However, FIFA permitted Russia to have two stadiums with a capacity of less than 35,000 in 2018.
Local football teams would use the two venues. Al Rayyan’s home ground is the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, while Al Wakrah will play at Al Janoub. The Qatar national team should continue to play their home matches at the Khalifa International Stadium, especially during World Cup qualification.
Several stadiums will be used again for the next Asian Cup to be held in January 2024. The stadium cannot be used for the 974 Asian Championships starting in 13 months. The site was built in the Doha port area with the same number of shipping containers as those in Qatar’s international area code, in a Lego-like design.