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Education City Stadium is one of the eight stadiums in Qatar that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This 40,000-seat stadium is known as the “Diamond of the Desert.” JPAC JV is the contractor responsible for the football pitch. Pattern Design was the leading design architect, while Buro Happold was in charge of the technical design.

Construction of this beautiful arena started in May 2015, but the planning of the stadium began already in December 2014. The first concrete was cast in 2017, heralding the new phase in the development of Education City Stadium. And in 2018, the exterior structure was completed and avid fans can now see the shape of Education City Stadium being formed.1

The roof was hoisted in 2019, and the construction of the facade was completed the same year.

40,000 modular seats were installed in November. Two months later, the Global Sustainability Assessment System or GSAS gave the developer of Education City Stadium a five-star sustainability rating. This only shows how the country and society care about the environment.2

On June 15, 2020, Education City Stadium opened. TV shows show that the stadium is World Cup compatible. The venue is now ready to host World Cup matches.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Education City Stadium hosts eight matches.

Date: November 22, 2022
Time: 16:00
Match: Denmark vs Tunisia
Group: D

Date: November 24, 2022
Time: 16:00
Match: Uruguay vs South Korea
Group: H

Date: November 26, 2022
Time: 16:00
Match: Poland vs Saudi Arabia
Group: C

Date: November 28, 2022
Time: 16:00
Match: South Korea vs Ghana
Group: H

Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 18:00
Match: Tunisia vs France
Group: D

Date: December 2, 2022
Time: 18:00
Match: South Korea vs Portugal
Group: H

Date: December 6, 2022
Time: 18:00
Match: Winner group F vs second place group E
Round 16

Date: December 9, 2022
Time: 18:00
Match: Vinderkamp 53 vs Vinderkamp 54

Interesting facts about Education City Stadium

  • The building is about 20,”makes it the world’s most environmentally sustainable stadium. The carbon footprint is minimal.
  • It received a five-star GSAS rating in May 2019.
  • Education City Stadium has a moniker of “Diamond in the Desert.”
  • It is close to several universities and colleges.
  • The site is below sea level after the designer has dug 17 m down, giving a cooler temperature.

It was one of the venues for the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup. It hosted another round match, a semi-final game and the battle for 3rd place. The FIFA Club World Cup match was between Bayern Munich and UANL. In 2020, the stadium hosted the 2020 AFC Champions League. 5 FIFA Arab Cup 2021 matches were at Education City Stadium in 2021.

The stadium was hit by criticism.

Aside from the global health problems that have affected the working condition, criticism has hit the stadium. Several media outlets have criticized the construction of Education City Stadium. The poor working conditions of migrant workers had led to this fight. Changes were made to improve working conditions.

Work continued and the stadium has gradually opened for the event.

Education City Stadium after 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar

After the World Cup in Qatar, the stadium with room for 40,000 seats will be retrofitted and refurbished. It will retain 25,000 seats to be used by the school’s athletic team. The schools are close to the stadium. Modular seats come to stadiums all over the globe.

Qatar has been pushing for sustainability, especially in its stadiums. It will help future stadium builders design better stadiums that are not only practical but also sustainable.