The 2018 World Cup in Russia is just a year away, but before the major FIFA tournament, the 2022 Qatar World Cup is making news for a different reason as air-conditioned stadium has been built to beat the unbearable temperature during the tournament. Many people said footballers will face the respiratory problem due to unbearable heat.

When the oil-rich Gulf country won the bid for hosting 2022 World Cup there was so much hue and cry due to scorching heat it the country.

But, now the complete Khalifa International Stadium has become a news element because of cooling technology. The stadium is ready to host the first match after the renovation as the Emir Cup final will be played there. The final will see country’s best two teams- Al Sadd and Al Rayyan- lock horns.


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The stadium was first built in 1976. Now, the stadium renovated for the 2022 World Cup. The same stadium will host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Approximately 500 jet nozzles will blast out cold air, keeping temperatures at around 23 degrees Celsius, for fans.

Chilled water is piped to the stadium from the cooling center about one kilometer from the stadium, then once it arrives, cold air is pushed into the stadium.

The man responsible for the system, Qatar University’s Dr. Saud Ghani, said he believed Khalifa represented a world-first. “There isn’t on earth, one open-air, air-conditioned stadium,” he said.

Dr. Ghani said the system at Khalifa would use up to 40 per cent less energy than other cooling methods

Ironically, it may not be used to regulate temperatures for fans during the 2022 World Cup after FIFA decided to move the tournament to Qatar’s winter in November and December.