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panish firm Fenwick Iribarren Architects (FIA), led by architects Mark Fenwick and Javier Iribarren, won a public competition to design the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. This is the architect firm’s third stadium design to be built for the World cup event out of a total of eight. Fenwick Iribarren was previously awarded the designs for the Qatar Foundation and Al Thumamam Stadiums, which are both currently being built and will also host games for the 2022 World Cup. Seen as the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is one of great structural complexity, FIA has teamed up with the engineering company Schlaich Bergermann Partner to develop this innovative structure, and who have contributed their vast experience to find a unique solution in the world of sports architecture.

World’s first transportable and reusable stadium The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium a capacity of 40,000 spectators, a surface area of 120,500 square metres and fulfils all the FIFA requirements for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

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The concept of sustainability is at the very core of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. Constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and other modular ‘building blocks’, not only will this innovative, 40,000-seat venue have a remarkable design, but it will be completely dismantled and repurposed following the tournament. Its parts will be used in other sporting or non-sporting projects, setting a new standard in sustainability and introducing bold new ideas in tournament legacy planning and providing invaluable infrastructure to sporting projects far and wide. In its short lifetime, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will create an innovative blueprint that will give global stadium developers and tournament planners a fine example to follow. It will guide the way towards more sustainable and more legacy-driven sporting competitions, opening up hosting opportunities to countries all over the world. Going beyond the physical legacy left by this remarkable arena, it will not only inspire football fans to pick up a ball and emulate the superstars they saw in action at the Qatar

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