Lusail Iconic Stadium: Guide to Qatar World Cup stadiums

By Innocent Benjamin

Here is a full guide to the Lusail Iconic Stadium, one of the World Cup venues in Qatar 2022.

Lusail Iconic Stadium specifications

Alias

Lusail International Stadium

Location

Lusail, Doha, Qatar

Coordinates

Architect

Foster and Partners

Opening

November 22, 2021

Capacity

80,000 - 86,000

Surface

Natural grass

Inaugural event

N/A

Total project area

N/A

World Cup 2022 Stadium schedule

  • Tue 22 Nov 19:00
  • Thu 24 Nov 19:00
  • Sat 26 Nov 19:00
  • Mon 28 Nov 19:00
  • Wed 30 Nov 19:00
  • Fri 02 Dec 19:00
  • Tue 06 Dec 19:00
  • Fri 09 Dec 19:00
  • Tue 13 Dec 19:00
  • Sun 18 Dec 15:00

(All times in GMT)

The Lusail Iconic Stadium, known broadly as the Lusail International Stadium, is one of eight Qatar stadiums designated to host the finales of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 

The stadium is located in the city of Lusail, which is being newly built in Qatar. 

The city is billed to be one of the most beautiful modern cities because of its artificial islands, unique accommodations and dynamic hotels suitable for all tastes. 

The Lusail Iconic Stadium is the largest of the eight World Cup 2022 stadiums, and is slated to host the final of football's flagship event.

Construction on the stadium is already completed and the ground has since been opened on November 22, 2021.

Lusail Stadium was designed by British company, Foster and Partners, who are the great hands behind many huge sports projects around the world.

The company based the design of the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Islamic and Arab architecture along with a mix of modern architectural arts.

What is Lusail City? 

Located about 15 km north of the Qatari capital, Doha, twenty-first century Lusail city is a state-of-the-art planned city fashioned to meet the needs of residents and thus write a new page in the history of the State of Qatar.

Lusail will attract 200,000 residents to live in and enjoy the parks, marinas, trade and business opportunities that the city abounds in.

The Lusail Iconic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the novel city.

Lusail Iconic Stadium features

  • The stadium also has a semi-circular design that is curved and raised at the sides of the stadium, and this can be seen if the design is viewed from above.
  • It will have a nearly circular base, flanked by a trench and connected to the car park by six bridges.
  • The stadium also features a saddle roof that appears as a retractable canopy bowl and can be opened and closed completely. 
  • The stadium's design, created by Foster and Partners, was inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterizes the glow of a lighthouse or lantern.
  • Several heat-reflecting techniques have been augmented to the stadium design by adding many lines and curves filled with water.
  • Similar to other stadiums planned for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, a modern technology will be deployed to cool Lusail Stadium using solar energy. 
  • This innovation will have a zero carbon footprint, and stems from the curtains located above the stadium.
  • With this system in place, the stadium can be used in all seasons of year without being affected by year-round strong weather factors typical of the Qatari climate.

Did you know? 

Following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Lusail Iconic Stadium will be transformed into a community destination with schools, shops, cafes, sports facilities and medical clinics.

In the process, most of its 80,000 seats will be dismantled and donated to sporting projects, taking part of the history of the FIFA World Cup™, to other locations around the world.

How to get to Lusail Iconic Stadium

Fans will be able to reach the matches via:

  • upgraded roads,
  • the Doha Metro, or
  • the Lusail City Light Transportation, which is a convenient and environmentally friendly means of transportation that characterizes the city of the future.

It is worth mentioning that Qatar will witness the closest matches between hosting stadiums in modern World Cup history.

This is due to all stadiums being in close proximity, with the longest distance between them not exceeding 75 kilometers.

This means that fans and players only need to travel through one airport.

They can live in the same lodging place during the entire competition and do not need to take domestic flights or change training facilities as in previous competitions. 

Hotels around Lusail Iconic Stadium

A group of dynamic hotels and boutique accommodation suitable for all visitors are readily available around the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

Ritz-Carlton, Doha

The five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Doha is considered one of the best hotels in Qatar, and is located in the center of the West Bay area, close to the Pearl-Qatar.

The hotel is 6.1 km from City Center Mall, while the distance from Aladdin's Kingdom to the hotel is 3.0 km, and Hamad International Airport is 15.7 km from the hotel.

Marsa Malaz Kempinski

The five-star Kempinski hotel is one of the best hotels in Qatar and the only one located on the Pearl-Qatar. 

It includes luxurious royal rooms and suites, characterized by their ideal scenic designs. 

All the hotel rooms of the Marsa Malaz Kempinski have: 

  • sunny balconies or glorious terraces overlooking the Arabian Gulf,
  • an extensive hotel menu, as well as
  • relaxing spa and wellness facilities.

The hotel is 2.3 km from Katara Cultural Village, the distance from Doha Golf Club to the hotel is 4.5 km, and Hamad International Airport is 14.4 km away from the hotel.

View of construction of Lusail from Ritz Carlton

Qatar World Cup 2022: Summary

A few months after the end of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the world turned its attention to Qatar, which is preparing to host a major football tournament in 2022.

This small Gulf country will become the first country in the Arab world to host the World Cup, kicking off in winter to break the tradition and avoid the summer heat.

The FIFA president welcomed Qatar’s progress in infrastructure during a visit to its capital Doha after the 2018 World Cup. They were inspecting eight stadiums and several training venues, which will be used for a month-long match.

"The World Cup in Russia is the best ever, and the World Cup in 2022 must be better," said FIFA President, Giovanni Infantino, during his October 2018 visit to the desert nation.

"I think this World Cup is very important, not only for Qatar, but for the entire region. This region is passionate about football and has invested a lot of money in the game."

Qatar defeated rivals Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States in 2010 to obtain the right to host.

It plans to open the door to football fans and teams around the world, allowing the latter to participate in the largest sporting event since the 2006 Asian Games.

Qatar human rights violation allegations

Nevertheless, the Gulf country is increasingly being scrutinized for the treatment of its migrant workers.

Dutch players protest Qatar human rights violations

 In February, the Guardian revealed that more than 6,500 migrant workers involved in Qatar's World Cup stadiums constructions from South Asia had died in Qatar in the past decade, 70 percent of which have not been properly investigated or explained.

However, the United Nations International Labor Organization rejected all complaints against Qatar after the draft of the new bill, which provides a minimum wage and legal protection for foreign workers approved by the government in 2017.

Before coming to Qatar, thousands of workers paid for the recruitment fees, and contractors participating in the World Cup project have agreed to reimburse them for more than 14.4 million U.S. dollars.

German national team players protest Qatar human rights violation

Several national teams including Germany, Netherlands and Erling Haaland’s Norway have led protests against the country's human rights violation history. Scandinavian nation, Denmark, who have qualified for the 2022 World Cup have also vowed to protest at the event in Qatar.

All World Cup 2022 stadiums

For the 2022 event, eight state-of-the-art stadiums with advanced open-air cooling technology will be the flagship venues. Six of those stadiums were built new for the tournament while two were extensively renovated and expanded. 

Here are all 8 Fifa world cup 2022 venues:

  1. Khalifa International Stadium
  2. Al Janoub Stadium
  3. Lusail Iconic Stadium
  4. Al Bayt Stadium
  5. Education City Stadium
  6. Al Thumama Stadium
  7. Stadium 974
  8. Ahmed bin Ali Stadium