On 19th May 2017, I have give a chance to witness and experience the inauguration of the Khalifa International Stadium. The stadium hosted the final of the 2017 Emir Cup between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd on a Friday evening.
The Stadium was originally constructed in 1976 and has hosted the Gulf Cup on two occasions, as well as the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1995, the 2006 Doha Asian Games, the 2011 AFC Asian Cup final and many other international friendly matches. The remodeled stadium which seats more than 40,000 spectators will host matches through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
As expected I experienced heavy traffic going to the area, Qatar is a football nation and many local fans are pouring into the stadium. The allocated parking space is a bit far but it is not an issue still many comes and still coming.
As I approach the stadium, it give me the chills as I heard the peoples chants and the cool air breeze coming from the stadium. The lighting is spectacular…. it has been said that it boasts an ultra-modern shape and dual arches that represent continuity and embracing fans from all over the globe!
Security is in place and ground staff are great! it is a breeze going to ticketing and entering to the stadium. Stadium is almost full….. with crowds cheering and very happy. The first thing I noticed inside the stadium is the temperature….. you can definitely feel the state of the art cooling technology at work!
Of course it is a work in progress… Qatar is learning and improving by experience. The stadium is no yet 100 percent complete. You can still notice construction debris in some areas, and some areas of the stadium is still closed or still under construction. But this does not obstruct in anyway the great stadium experience I had. Definitely the stadium will be much better, improved and will give everyone a great stadium experience. Qatar is committed to deliver an amazing football experience… I believe it will be done…. there a lot of other beautiful and amazing things to come. Qatar is true to its word – Expect Amazing!