17 May 2017 - 23:12
Khalifa Stadium decked up for the big football show
17 May 2017 - 23:12
Qatar football giants Al Sadd and Al Rayyan will be the first teams to get a feel of the redesigned stadium when they contest the Emir Cup final. After months of extensive refurbishment around the entire venue, fans won't be able to recognise the sprawling Khalifa International Stadium, one of the venues of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Organising Committee of the Emir Cup final have lined up a number of entertainment programmes for spectators in the fan zone areas hours before the 7.00pm kick off at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The fan zones have been set up and there will be eateries around the stadium. Officials said the gates of the stadium will be open for public at 3.30pm tomorrow, an official of the organising committee said.
Added seating capacity to accommodate more fans and special LED lighting system will be two of the many upgraded features at the refurbished Khalifa International Stadium set to host the Emir Cup final on Friday.
The Organising Committee briefed the journalists regarding the arrangements made for tomorrow’s final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd at a press conference.
The conference was attended by Hassan Al Kuwari, Chief Operating Officer of the Organising Committee, Jassim Al Jassim, Marketing and Communications Manager, and Lieutenant Fahad Buhindi, Representative of the Ministry of Interior.
The opening ceremony will begin at 6.30pm, exactly half an hour before the official kick-off.
The Organising Committee informed that the stadium has 64 hospitality suites for VIPs and a limited number of tickets have been offered for testing the same, and a number of them have been distributed to partners, sponsors and supporters of the two finalists.
Private suites are priced between QR 15,000 and QR 30,000 depending on the type of service and hospitality offered, officials said.
The organisers informed that two suites have also been allocated to people with special needs so that the game could be watched with ease by them.
Lieutenant Buhindi, representative of the Ministry of the Interior, said security-wise the stadium has been made fully secure with police force already patrolling the surrounding areas of the stadium.
He said plain cloth police will also help fans with directions to their seat once they enter the stadium.
Exit and entry points will also have security personnel manning the gates, he said.
He also called on the public to cooperate with the police force while entering or exiting the match venue.
Hassan Rabia Al Kuwari said 10,000 tickets were put on sale for the public on Monday. He added that tickets for Al Sadd and Al Rayyan's sponsors were also distributed.
Players and officials who featured at the 1976 opening ceremony of the stadium will also be present for the final on Friday.