Lusail Stadium will have a global sporting and cultural legacy that reaches far beyond the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
As the venue that will host both the opening and final matches of the Middle East's first FIFA World Cup™, this stadium will inevitably secure a special place in the hearts of people in the region. Its iconic status as a symbol of the tournament will inspire generations of budding sportsmen and women, as well as encouraging the general population to become more active.
Another legacy will be granted to the projects receiving the many modular seats that will be removed and donated after the tournament. Those seats, where fans will have witnessed FIFA World Cup™ history, will live on in several other stadiums, widening access to sport across the world.
A unique community hub
After most of the seats have been removed from Lusail Stadium, a remarkable transformation will take place. A school, affordable housing, shops, cafés and even health clinics will emerge under the arena's roof, turning the venue into a unique community hub for the fast-growing city that surrounds it, and for Qatar more generally. The remaining seating from the upper tier will be cleverly integrated into outdoor terraces for new homes.
Keeping these seats and the roof of the stadium intact will supply a constant reminder of this place's glorious sporting history. In addition, the proposed inclusion of a community football pitch will continue Lusail Stadium's footballing story – and reinforce our commitment to supporting the grassroots game.
Leading by example
As well as inspiring football fans, potential football stars and those who enjoy the community space it will become, Lusail Stadium will also leave lessons for those creating stadiums in the future.
Beginning with environmentally friendly building practices and energy conservation, and ending with its donation of seating and integration into the neighbourhood, this venue will become a model of sustainable stadium development.
Leading by example will be the final legacy of Lusail Stadium.