Qatar showed off the latest stadium to be completed for the 2022 soccer World Cup in a virtual presentation on Monday and dedicated it to frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 40,000 capacity Education City stadium, a ‘Diamond in the Desert’, is the third venue to be ready with five more under construction.
The Al Rayyan Stadium, also with a 40,000 capacity, and the 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium are due to be completed by the end of this year.
The stadium will drop to a 20,000 capacity after the tournament with the surplus seats going to stadiums in developing countries.
“Three down, five to go. We’re on track,” said 2022 World Cup chief executive Nasser Al Khater.
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“This is a virtual launch, not something that we ever imagined we’d do. But who would have imagined that the world would be where it is right now.”