Construction of Al Thumama Stadium continues to progress rapidly with the stadium concrete works now completed.

Materials are supplied from different countries to build the Al Thumama Stadium. More than 50,000 m3 of concrete was poured at the project site. Besides, 2,285 tonnes of steel have been installed and approximately 38,400 sq m of masonry works have been completed. In addition, It is the first venue to be designed solely by a Qatari architect, Ibrahim Mohammed Jaidah. The stadium is inspired by the ‘gahfiya’ headpiece worn by men in Qatar and across the Mena region.

Also, Al Thumama Stadium’s seating capacity will be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000. The 20,000 seats removed from the stadium will be donated to countries in need of sporting infrastructure.

The main construction works at the stadium are planned to be completed by 2020. The project will turn into a mixed-use sports city with buildings such as hotels and sports clinics.

Saoud Al Ansari, Al Thumama Stadium project manager, said: “The roof columns and compression ring serve as an integral part for the roof’s structure. Successfully installing these items means we are a step closer to the big lift, which is considered the main event in stadium construction.

He added, “The big lift requires the use of 80 hydraulic jacks and 10 hydraulic pumps installed around the compression ring to carefully lift an intricate 727-tonne cable net system into place. This laborious procedure is expected to take approximately seven to 14 days.”

Source: Trade Arabia

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