Stadium 974 is one of the new stadiums built for World Cup in Qatar and it is arguably the most unique.
This article was originally published on 23 September 2022
The ground has been constructed from recycled shipping containers and is seen as a blueprint for future projects.
In fact, it will be taken down after the tournament, with part of its design aimed at its sustainability. Many of its parts will be repurposed, with its waterfront location set to be redeveloped into hospitality and commercial units, making it the first temporary stadium in World Cup history.
The number 974 is synonymous with both the ground and Qatar. 974 is the number of shipping containers used to construct the stadium, while it is also the international dialling code for the country.
|When||20th November - 18th December 2022|
|How to watch||All matches will be shown on either the BBC or ITV|
|Odds||Brazil 9/2, England 11/2, France 6/1, Argentina 7/1, Spain 8/1|
Stadium 974 is situated in Ras Abu Aboud, around 10km east of central Doha.
It was previously named the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium before taking on its current moniker in tribute to its design.
The ground is situated down by Doha’s waterfront on the Arabian Gulf and provides views of the city’s skyline.
Construction of Stadium 974 started in 2018.
Stadium 974 was officially opened on 30th November 2021 and the first match to be played at the venue took place on the same day, as the United Arab Emirates faced Syria in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup.
UAE forward Caio Canedo had the honour of scoring the first goal at the ground, as his side went on to beat Syria 2-1 in the Group B contest.
|Stadium name:||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Tenants:||Qatar national football team|
|Opening date:||May 2017|
Stadium 974 is one of the smallest venues being used at the World Cup, as alongside the Al Janoub Stadium and the Al Thumama Stadium it has a capacity of 40,000.
The stadium will be dismantled following the conclusion of the World Cup, making it the first temporary venue to be used in the tournament’s history.
The dimensions of the pitch at Stadium 974 are 105 x 68 metres.
With the ground being dismantled following the conclusion of the World Cup, there are no regular tenants at Stadium 974.
However, the likes of Qatar, Tunisia, Egypt and the UAE have also previously contested matches at the venue.
|Date||Match number||Group||Team 1||Team 2||KO time||Venue|
|24th November||15||H||Portugal||v||Ghana||19:00||Stadium 974|
|26th November||23||D||France||v||Denmark||19:00||Stadium 974|
|28th November||31||G||Brazil||v||Switzerland||19:00||Stadium 974|
|30th November||39||C||Poland||v||Argentina||22:00||Stadium 974|
|2nd December||47||G||Serbia||v||Switzerland||22:00||Stadium 974|
|5th December||54||Round of 16||Winners Group G||v||Runners-up Group H||22:00||Stadium 974|
The 2021 FIFA Arab Cup is the only other major event to have been staged at Stadium 974, with a total of six matches having been played at the ground during that tournament.
UAE’s 2-1 victory over Syria on 30th November was the first match to be held at Stadium 974 and was one of four group stage fixtures contested there.
The semi-final showdown between Tunisia and Egypt was also held at the ground, as was the third-place playoff that again involved Egypt as well as hosts Qatar.