Qatar 2022 to Plough Ahead With Stadium Cooling Technology
March 20, 2015
The organisers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup have pledged to continue developing stadium cooling technology, despite confirmation from FIFA this week that the tournament would be moved to November-December.
“We welcome the decision of FIFA’s Executive Committee in relation to the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,” the statement said.
“We are satisfied the process has reached its conclusion.
“Regardless of the change in dates, we will continue to develop the cooling technology promised during the bid, ensuring our commitment to deliver a true legacy as a result of the first World Cup in the Middle East remains.”
Critics argued that while Qatar could air condition a stadium, spectators would be at risk while outdoors during the course of the tournament.
Qatar have previously maintained that their solar cooling technology plans form part of their national strategy and have promised, once completed, to share the technology with the world.
FIFA also confirmed this week that the date of the 2022 World Cup final will be December 18 in what will be the first winter edition in the northern hemisphere.