December 02, 2010
There are, of course, a lot of negatives about the only bid to get a "high" risk rating from FIFA's own technical evaluation getting to host the 2022 World Cup, but there is at least one positive to come from it -- Qatar's proposed island stadium will now go ahead in development.
Sure, Qatar must build an entire fleet of air-conditioned arenas virtually from scratch all crammed into a tiny, ultra-conservative area that will be hot enough to almost literally melt fans whenever they're not inside the stadiums, but still...island stadium!
From the Reuters report on the initial plans for the building that will house the first and final matches of the 2022 World Cup:
The air-conditioned stadium, which would have a capacity of 86,000, would take four years to build, would expected to be completed by 2019 and would also be surrounded by water. If Qatar loses its bid, the ground will not be built.
See? If Qatar lost, no island stadium. Clearly, all those risks, the logistical and human rights problems will be worth ignoring so the world can have the island stadium and the rest of Qatar's overly ambitious venues to probably not see in person. Hoo. Ray.
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