October 06, 2010
With eight weeks to go until FIFA makes a decision on bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Qatar is going all out to try and secure the first World Cup in the Middle East and become the smallest host nation since Uruguay in 1930.
Having already unveiled their environmentally sound cooling systems and stadiums that can be shipped off to developing nations after the tournament ends, Qatar announced on Wednesday that if they host the World Cup, the first and final matches will be played in an island stadium. Yes, a stadium that is also an island.
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.
So it's your move, FIFA. If you don't want to give the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, that's fine. You just won't get a super cool island stadium. You can give the World Cup to a larger nation that can provide more spectators and fanfare and that people won't melt when they step outside the venues, or you can have that fancy stadium in the image above. And that fancy stadium in the image above will be completely surrounded by water. The choice is yours.
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