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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Video: Qatar's stadium renditions

By Steve Goff

By Steve Goff  | December 2, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  2022 World Cup  | Tags:  Qatar, World Cup  
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Qatar + Russian nearly rhymes with corruption.

Posted by: ussccr | December 2, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

They are going to dismantle the stadiums and ship them to other countries after the tournament, right? Maybe DC United can call dibs on one of them.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | December 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

They are going to need a lot of water taxis

Posted by: rockotodd | December 2, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It does look nicer than the swamps of New Jersey!

Posted by: Tweaked | December 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Once my Brazil funds are complete, I will start saving up for my 4(or more)D TV because those stadiums will sure look good from my living room.

Posted by: MMinVA | December 2, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Lovely presentation. Where is everyone going to be housed?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | December 2, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Those look like they will be difficult to air condition.

Posted by: VioletCrown | December 2, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

They are going to dismantle the stadiums and ship them to other countries after the tournament, right? Maybe DC United can call dibs on one of them.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | December 2, 2010 12:25 PM


Maybe the DC government can make a good hardship case. Mayor Gray -- get on this....

Posted by: fischy | December 2, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Ok, that looks pretty cool, yet absurd. However, is there enough room in Qatar for 6 more stadiums, training fascilities, and all the fat americans that will come?

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What's the point of building so many stadiums in such a small country? Isn't the idea normally to spread the games (and the $$) around so that the whole country gets a shot? When you're half the size of Wales there's really no point in doing that. Imagine giving the World Cup to Massachusetts and then making them host the games in 12 different stadiums.

Posted by: simpleton1 | December 2, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to riding in a dhow from Old Town Alexandria to Lot 8 of RFK

Posted by: rightback | December 2, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that noticed that at 4:47 in this video, CNN is reporting on "Shirtless Obama" ?

Posted by: patricktmetz | December 2, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, every SINGLE one of those stadiums was open-air. Whatever happened to that supposed proposal of completely-roofed stadiums? And does anyone actually expect people to be hanging around outside the one with the big screens in 110-degree heat?!?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | December 2, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic stadiums. Are women allowed in?

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The magic stadiums will remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, restore the polar ice caps, patch the hole in the ozone layer, and reverse the extinction of dinosaurs (just the herbivorous ones).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 2, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: offthecrossbar | December 2, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: offthecrossbar | December 2, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

So Qatar is going to dismantle these stadiums after the WC and ship them to other countries? Give me a break. What a bunch of baloney.

Posted by: charlie015 | December 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

and reverse the extinction of dinosaurs (just the herbivorous ones).

Posted by: I-270Exit1

"Jacobs, I want to know absolutely everything that's happened up till now."

"Well, let's see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it."

Posted by: csd1 | December 2, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Of course the stadiums are nice, but will they build new jails?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 2, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"arrive by water taxi" from where? Kuwait?

They are proposing lots of ridiculous ideas that have never been proven in practice.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | December 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

i say good for qatar, and they'll really have to think about their positions on women's rights etc. with such a mass influx of foreigners. could be a good thing. and hey dempsey show's up in the video twice!

Posted by: ewww | December 2, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

that is a lot of water taxis...

I don't think anyone ever said they will be completely domed. They don't need to make them 72 degress, 85 will do. I assume the matches will all be played at night, rather than the middle of the day here which would have been just as hot.

Posted by: fedssocr | December 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Night games are also important for TV in Europe where all the money is. It would also be nice for those of us here in the states if the games were all played at night in Qatar. It would have been nicer if they were played in the US of course.

Posted by: jake77 | December 2, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Here is a practical question. What if Qatar doesn't actually build stadiums that look anything like this? What if they just build ordinary, cheap stadiums. Does FIFA then rescind their decision to give the World Cup to Qatar? I doubt it.

Qatar won this bid by promising the moon and the stars. And if they don't deliver on that promise, they are not going to be punished with losing the right to host the tournament.

Posted by: DaveBrett | December 2, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Shirtless Obama, haha 4:47

Posted by: Pete803 | December 2, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Building the stadiums isn't going to be a problem. They have plenty of money and an abundance of cheap labor from Southeast Asia that they force to live in camps. The tricky part is the promise to "air condition" massive outside venues. Not only how, but the energy use will be massive. Couldn't Al Gore do anything about this?

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

maybe they are going to dig geothermal wells to cool the stadiums. Or pipe cool water from the bottom of the gulf and run it through heat exchangers. Or maybe windmills out in the gulf. There are ways to do things and certainly new technologies will develop between now and 12 years from now.

everyone thought South Africa would be a total disaster when they were picked as well. And that seemed to turn out OK in the end.

Posted by: fedssocr | December 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh! It's only a 30 minute drive from Bahrain. Now it all makes sense. Plus, from that other stadium you can watch Iranian war games in the Persian gulf at halftime. From your seat!

Posted by: benonthehill | December 2, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Qatar's New Stadium name - LGBT Park! lmao what a candy-arsed exterior!

Posted by: terptek | December 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

the Qatar video is absurd, conversely ours looks like a powerpoint done in 1994. Not sure the brutally ugly Georgia dome is where I would have started.

Posted by: charlievox | December 2, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that in the first stadium there were about 500 spectators and a handful walking in from their boiling-water taxi rides.........seems rather prescient to me.
Count me out. At a point in my life I could actually afford to travel to a World Cup, there isn't much chance I would attend one in the desert.

Posted by: marksman37 | December 2, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

This video is beautiful. Honestly and before I get trashed I'm a hardcore US Fan but I didn't want the US to get the WC. Why? No passion we call this sport soccer. That's where it starts. And if you believe Qatar is restricted so is the US. Trust me I've been to WC 06 and it was so much fun in Germany in comparison to here in WC 94. Being Hispanic I have read news south of the Border (and no not just Mexico because there are more than 20 countries by the way) and they said the US presentation was arrogant. What a surprise. Congratulations to Qatar, there is no doubt their stadiums make the NJ Stadium and Cowboy Stadium like second rate.

Posted by: silentbat | December 2, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The difference with the stadiums in the US is that they exist. In Qatar they have 0 suitable air-conditioned stadiums, just a nice video.

Everyone remember what was promised. Let's see how many things prove out to be a pipe dream.

Posted by: Golden_Child | December 2, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't Qatar make these stadiums? its not like they're lacking the resources or time to get it done. Yes they could go and lie just to make a quick buck, but smart people understand if you make the stadiums and faculties then people will WANT to come to your country...then that opens up more tourism in the future after the cup. In fact, that's 1 of the main reasons countries want to host the cup.

Posted by: s22312 | December 4, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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