DOHA, Qatar (CelebrityAccess) — Organizers have unveiled a newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, including its innovative outdoor air conditioning system.
The multi-purpose stadium, which is part of the Doha Sports City complex, features an upgraded capacity of up to 48,000 fans.
The redesign for the stadium also added a canopy to protect all stadium seating from direct sunlight, as well as a state of the art air conditioning system that is able to keep the field and stands at a temperate 78f degrees even as temperatures in Doha soar above 100f.
The stadium, which was originally built in 1976, is a point of national prestige for the emirate, and will next year host the International Association of Athletics Federations Championships, the first time the event has been held in the Middle East.
The IAAF Championships will also serve as a preview ahead of the 2022 World Cup, which is will be held in Doha.
“Everything we do here will be a dry run for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. The success is for Qatar so everything has to be co-ordinated,” said Dahlan Al Hamad, the IAAF Vice President and the Director General of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).
“Most important thing is to take care of athletes. This will be sure used by other nations. World championships are always in different temperature. We will continue to update the member federation.”