[이데일리 스타in 주미희 기자] Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, where the Korean soccer team and Brazil played in the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, has begun demolition.
Foreign media such as Britain’s The Sun reported on the 7th (Korean time), “The Qatari authorities began demolition work on the morning of the 7th, the day after the Korea-Brazil match, by removing the tarp from Stadium 974 and cleaning the surrounding area.”
Stadium 974 was an eco-friendly temporary stadium built to host the Qatar World Cup. Inspired by the country’s international phone number, 974, the stadium was built using recyclable construction materials and 974 containers.
As the demolition work began, preceding work began, such as erasing the name of the stadium from the subway map. The full-scale dismantling of the stadium will be carried out after the tournament.
The Qatar World Cup organizers have built a total of seven new stadiums for this tournament, of which the Qatar Pro League teams are using only the Khalifa Stadium and the Al Janoub Stadium.
Stadium 974, for which about 300 million euros (about 415.8 billion won) was invested in the construction, will disappear after only seven games, including six group matches and the round of 16 match between Korea and Brazil, will be held at this Qatar World Cup. Last year, it also hosted six matches of the FIFA Arab Cup, a test event.
The Qatar World Cup Organizing Committee plans to dismantle Stadium 974 and donate it to other countries. Materials such as containers can be loaded onto ships and sent to other countries, then reassembled and used. Africa was the most likely destination, but there is a prospect that Uruguay, which is seeking to jointly host the 2030 World Cup with Argentina and Paraguay, will take Stadium 974.
In addition, Albaite Stadium, where the opening game was held, will be turned into a hotel, and Lusail Stadium, where the final will be held, will be demolished and transformed into a school, cafe, and sports center.