World Cup - Qatar World Cup 'could cost £138bn'

Thu, 08 Sep 12:29:00 2011

Qatar could reportedly foot a bill of as much as £138 billion for staging the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA President Josef Blatter (R) hands over the World Cup trophy to the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) and his wife Chair of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community development Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Mi - 0

Dr Nicola Ritter, a German legal and financial analyst, revealed to an investors' summit held in Munich that £107bn would be spent on stadiums and facilities, plus a further £31bn on transport infrastructure.

Ritter told Construction News that £30bn would be spent on building air-conditioned stadia with at least 12 needed.

Ritter went on to say that £48bn would be spent on training facilities and accommodation for players and fans.

A further £28bn will be plundered on creating a new city called Lusail, which will surround the stadium and host the opening and final matches of the tournament.

Qatar controversially beat bids from the USA, Australia, Japan and Korea to acquire the right to host the tournament in 2020.

Doha, the Qatar capital city, is also bidding to stage the 2020 Olympics and the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

Other expansions include planned transport improvements, such as building the New Doha International Airport and constructing the new Doha port - where it is planned some fans will be accommodated on cruise ships.

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