In response to criticism that it won’t have a use for all of the stadium seating being built ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has announced plans to “recycle” some of seats.
Sky News reports:
Architects of the tiny Gulf nation’s stadiums have now unveiled detailed plans that will allow organisers to remove as many as 170,000 seats from nine of the venues and send them to 22 locations in the developing world.
At a stadium conference in Doha this week, they said the initiative was aimed at insuring the World Cup would leave a long-lasting legacy.
“If we build up to the capacity which FIFA requires, afterward we would have a lot of white elephants around this area,” said Karin Bertaloth, whose firm is designing six new stadiums and two that will be upgraded.
“I don’t think Qatar needs this capacity. We have the concept to build first tier of the stadium permanently and the second would only be for 2022.”
Many of the stadiums also have plans to incorporate hotels, parks and even a spa, or the flexibility to be converted for athletics or other sports.
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