Sports City Stadium, located along the Persian Gulf in the eastern coastal city of Doha, was designed as a proposal for one of the stadia included in the winning 2022 Qatar World Cup bid. The stadium was designed by the architecture firm MEIS Architects. It should hold 49,000 seats and its construction costs $1.6 billion.
The large structure is planned to also house a convention center, a water park, a mall-in-the-sky, a luxury hotel, a cultural center, a sports museum, an Amphitheatre, and a business center. The inspiration for the design comes from the bedouin tents. The roof is partially retractable.
After the World Cup, it is the only stadium in Qatar which seating capacity will remain unchanged.
The energy to power the building is sun-generated on the roof. A complex cooling system is planned for the stadium's spectators and players. The building is zero-carbon emissions proof.
The multipurpose venue will provide Qatar with an opportunity to present the most flexible, technologically sophisticated, and environmentally sustainable stadiums the world has ever seen. In addition to World Cup Soccer, the stadium is designed to accommodate a variety of uses, even beyond sport. It achieves this through the implementation of proven flexible building technology allowing it to be not one, but many stadiums.