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Qatar's Ras Abu Aboud stadium is the first built in World Cup history that was meant to be torn down

July 19, 2021

It was once a quiet waterfront, only enjoying the occasional sounds from the nearby Gulf shores. Now, it's a dizzying burst of color and life -- soon to be filled with up to 40,000 screaming fans.

It is Qatar's Ras Abu Aboud stadium -- the first built in World Cup history that was meant to be torn down.
Molded out of 974 shipping containers atop Doha's port, the Ras Abu Aboud will host seven matches up to the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup.
    All the containers are made from recycled steel, and the number -- 974 -- symbolizes Qatar's dialing code.
      It's both a symbol of the country's sustainability pledge and a reflection of its identity.

      After the tournament is over, many parts of the arena -- including all the removable seats, containers and even the roof -- will be dismantled and repurposed for use in other sporting or non-sporting events, either inside or outside of Qatar.
      "The 40,000-seater venue can be dismantled in full and transported to be built again in a different country; or you could build two 20,000-seater venues," Mohammed Al Atwan, project manager for Ras Abu Aboud told CNN.
      "Really, all parts can be donated to countries in need of sporting infrastructure. This is the beauty of the stadium -- the legacy opportunities are endless."

      Along with the opportunities he says it offers, Qatar is hoping the stadium will be a trailblazer for future football tournaments.

      The SC says it is committed to keeping sustainability a main focus throughout the tournament -- an example of this is planting trees and plants around the World Cup's infrastructure to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
      The onus, however, isn't just on the organizers. Qatar says it will give recommendations to attendees and participants of the tournament on how they can reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, including from travel, accommodation and food and beverage.
      Once the spectacle is over, Qatar says it will offset any emissions generated during the tournament through building two mega solar power plants over the following 10-15 years, and by proactively supporting sustainable and low-carbon events in Qatar and the region
      The reusability of the stadium's parts is a reflection of that effort.
      "Sustainability and legacy have always been at the forefront of Qatar's planning and preparations for the World Cup,' said Al Atwan.

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