World Stadium Congress opens in Doha

World Stadium Congress opens in Doha
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Source: Qatar News Agency
Source: Qatar News Agency

The World Stadium Congress launched Tuesday in Doha in partnership with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy amid the participation of over 300 of the world's most reputable stadium operators, architects and contractors, as well as federation directors, government officials, renowned athletes and tournament stakeholders.

Organized by the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC), the opening of the conference was hosted by world famous sports broadcaster and journalist Richard Keys. The summit commenced with an honorary introductory address from Ooredoo Qatar, serving as an advocate for smart stadium technology for modern stadium and venue excellence in preparation for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and beyond.

Following the welcome remarks, Jurgen Muller, head of planning and infrastructure and head of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar from FIFA, delivered the first keynote presentation, emphasizing stadium requirements and specifications which venues must adhere to in order to qualify and deliver successful FIFA World Cups. Key themes included legacy, sustainability, financial feasibility and FIFA guidelines for football-focused stadiums. 

Eng. Othman Zarzour, SC competition deputy venues executive director, presented on competition venues in Qatar and laying the foundation for an effective World Cup preparation and execution. 

"I'd like to thank our partners and the organizers, for their hard work. This summit brings together local, regional and international experts on sports and stadia, encouraging discussions on innovative stadia design, construction and operation of major sporting venues and the legacy that will benefit the country's communities in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030," Zarzour said. 

The breakout presentations concluded with athlete speeches, meet and greets and autograph sessions with former Manchester United and French National Team world-famous striker Louis Saha and Qatari star and Olympic high-jump athlete Mutaz Barshim. The day concluded with two Spanish stadium case studies from Bill Mannarell Director, Area Patrimonial, Espai Barca, on FC Barcelona's landmark venue Camp Nou, and Javier Perez, Senior Member Architect from IDOM, on the international award-winning Bilbao Arena.

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