FIFA Committee

Arup will be engineering that provides the technology for this project last December 2 Qatar was selected by FIFA as the future site of the 2022 World Cup. The challenge now is to demonstrate to the world how advanced technology can cope with adverse temperatures for the practice of football. With a population of just over one million inhabitants and the promise of filling 50,000 seater stadiums, Qatar is a country with little football history. But that has not been a difficulty for the candidacy. The worst thing has been to overcome the problem of temperature in summer, which can reach 50 degrees Celsius.

To respond to these climatic challenges the candidacy riyal had services of Arup international engineering, who was in charge of designing a prototype of latest generation Stadium. The prototype, which was taught to the completely finished FIFA last September, consists of a pilot 500 seater stadium capable of creating a controlled microclimate, both on the football field and in the stands and the rest of public spaces. A solar Orchard next to the stadium generates electricity and hot water to high temperature, which then becomes cold to weatherize the play space. As a stadium usage profile corresponds to a very high energy demand during a short period of time, the cold generated by solar panels is stored underneath the stadium several hours before the event, then it downloaded during the game. The solar Orchard, however, will operate throughout the year, exporting electricity to the public network when the stadium is not in use. The sizing of the solar Park ensures that the energy generated during the year exceeds the projected demand for parties to dispute, thus generating a solution with neutral emission of CO2. Pilot Stadium designed by Arup engineers served as proof of this innovative cooling concept during a visit to the country in the evaluation of the FIFA Committee for the qualification of nominations phase.