The Arab Cup has been played out in Qatar in recent weeks, with the country continuing its preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
As countries have done in the past with the Confederations Cup, Qatar used the Arab Cup to show that they are ready for next year’s World Cup, which will be played in November and December.
It’s called 974 because the number is the international dialing code for Qatar (+974), as well as being the exact number of shipping containers used in the stadium’s construction.
The concept of the stadium was designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects, based in the Spanish capital Madrid.
The concept of sustainability is at the core of the stadium’s, says Mark Fenwick, one of the partners in the architectural practice:
“We really felt that it wasn’t really necessary for Qatar to have this eighth stadium after the World Cup,” he says.
“So, we decided to take a very radical strategy, which was to see if we can actually design the stadium which is not only dismantle-able, but was also transportable, and re-mountable in another country, either as a full stadium, or as different pieces which could be put together as a variable amount of sports buildings.”