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First World Cup Stadium almost ready

With yet another five years to go before the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is nearing completion of its first stadium for the tournament.

The ‘Khalifa International Stadium’ at Al Waab will be all set for launch next month, the organizers announced. The venue achieved a milestone this week, following the laying of 7800 turf in record time.  Currently a dozen different species of grass are being tested within the farm.

According to Aspire Zone Foundation, this new world record was set after the pitch was put down in just 13 and half hours.

Khalifa International is one of the oldest stadiums in Qatar, and has been undergoing renovations over the past couple of years to become tournament-ready for 2022. With a seating capacity of 40,000, it will host games up to quarter-finals during the tournament.

At least seven more stadiums in Qatar will be up and running by the year 2020. However, Khalifa International was to be handed over by the end of 2016, and was four months behind schedule. It is yet to be watched if other venues including Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan, Al Bayt, Al Khor, Lusail, Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar Foundation and Al Thumama, will be completed in next three years.

Posted on 18/4/2017

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