The iconic Khalifa International Stadium will host the finals of the Emir Cup between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd on May 19. It will also be hosting the inauguration and final match of the Gulf Cup in December.
“We are happy that the Khalifa International Stadium will again host football matches in Qatar. The stadium has been witness to the most prominent sporting achievements of Qatar and is a venue that is closest to Qatari hearts,” Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani said on Sunday.
The stadium has been a witness to many Emir Cup and Heir Apparent Cup finals in the past, it was the main arena during the 2006 Asian Games and the Asian Cup football tournament in 2011. The stadium had to be totally redeveloped to satisfy FIFA’s exacting standards for World Cup venues.
Last month Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) set a new world record for by re-turfing the Khalifa International Stadium in just 13-and-a-half hours. It is one of the stadiums for the FIFA world cup in 2022 with a seating capacity of 40,000.
In an interview in December last year, Supreme Committee chief Hassan al-Thawadi had stated that hosting the Emir Cup at the Khalifa International Stadium was a priority for Qatar.
“The eight stadiums will be in different stages of construction, and we’re also aiming for the first stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, to be delivered within 2017 to host the Emir Cup final. So you’ll find significant construction going on next year,” al-Thawadi had said.