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Lessons from Qatar’s Shipping Container Stadium

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Qatar had a problem. The small Arab country won the bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the most prestigious sporting competition in the world. The Qataris needed eight venues to host the best teams in world football, but only had one that fit FIFA’s qualifications. Seven new stadiums needed to be built before the world descended on a country smaller than Connecticut. Tournament hosts knew they needed to be secure, mobile and customizable to their specifications. One look at the benefits of a shipping container stadium and the choice was simple.

Stadium 974 in Qatar’s capital city of Doha was created to be deconstructed. Multi-colored containers that looked like large LEGO® bricks made up the shipping container stadium, which was reinforced with modular steel. New stadiums built for the World Cup, especially in countries like Qatar, rarely see efficient use after a winner lifts the trophy. Stadiums used in previous World Cups in Brazil and Russia have fallen into disrepair. Domestic fans never fill the monolithic colosseums left behind to capacity.

Here’s how building a shipping container stadium gave Qatar the flexibility and security it needed to host the World Cup.

A shipping container stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Stadium 974 is the first stadium made from shipping containers that’s been used in a World Cup tournament. Containers are customizable, allowing engineers to modify them to meet specific building needs. From prayer rooms to announcer’s booths, the designers of Stadium 974 know that containers can service almost any purpose.

Mobile: Exactly Where You Need It

A benefit of building with cargo containers is that they’re mobile. Stadium 974, for example, could be taken apart, moved and put back together, or divided into several smaller stadiums. Traditional stadium planning doesn’t consider moving the entire construction after its construction. Qatar wanted to think outside the box with Stadium 974 and have the option to move the entire stadium on the World Cup ended. Customized containers were the ideal solution.

Following the World Cup, the Stadium 974 was dismantled, with many parts of the colosseum repurposed for other competitions and countries.

A Secure Shipping Container Stadium

When you need construction quality you can rely on, follow Qatar’s lead. World Cup arenas need to be ready to hold more than 40,000 people for the global competition. Qatar needed to build the stadium securely, but they also wanted it to be versatile. ISO containers offered the secure construction the country needed. They are built to handle harsh ocean conditions, making them especially weather resistant. And they’re made of corrugated steel, one of the strongest building materials available.

A Multitude of Modifications

Staircases, bathrooms, food vendor stands and elevators were built into Qatar’s shipping container stadium. Doors, hinges, power connections, plumbing and more needed to be installed before any fans stepped foot in the stadium. They were able to modify containers to solve these problems, adding everything they needed to ensure the stadium would be ready to host visitors from around the world.

Your needs are unique, and customized shipping containers provide a flexible solution made to your specifications. Whether you need roll-up doors for easy access to work materials or hydroponic systems for an indoor farm, our team of experts is ready to tackle any project.

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