The end client was The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, via Gravity Media’s client, a joint venture between Al Balagh and L&T.
THE PROJECT and approach
Al Rayyan Stadium is a 40,000-seat World Cup arena built on the site of the former Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha. An interesting feature is that it is being constructed using 80% reused or recycled materials – many of which coming from the old Ahmed Bin Ali.
Gravity Media was contracted to install the cabling at the stadium and, as with our work on Al Thumama, a key requirement was to set the facility up for its legacy use after the World Cup. Working with sports broadcasters Al Kass and beIN Sports, we ensured the design would support the multi-purpose nature of the facility, at the same time as catering for the stadium’s main event: seven World Cup matches up to the round of 16 stage.
The system comprises 64 wall boxes, with the required 151km (94 miles) of cable including Triax, SMPTE hybrid fibre, audio and single-mode fibre. The project took one year to complete, delivered by our own team of cable installation experts, and managed through our local office in Doha.
There’s a lot of construction activity going on in Qatar, as the nation prepares itself to host the world’s biggest sporting spectacle. The biggest challenge for the team was to install cables while Al Rayyan was still being built, working around other contractors and waiting for key services to come online. High temperatures and humidity also played an uncomfortable role.
Al Rayyan stadium was the fourth Qatar 2022 tournament venue to open, and will ultimately become the new home of Al Rayyan Sports Club once the World Cup carnival has moved on. The surrounding area is also being transformed into a regional sporting hub, where locals and visitors will be able to enjoy six football training pitches, a cricket pitch, horse riding track, cycling track, gym equipment and an athletics track.