What does freight and football have in common?

If you know me, you’ll know that I love what I do.

There’s not many people that can say they’re genuinely in love with freight.

But I can.

Aside from my family, there’s only one thing I love more than freight.

Football.

So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that freight and football are coming together to create a world’s first at the next FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will seat 40,000 spectators and will be built entirely out of shipping containers!

We’ve seen container houses, container offices, but this is the most exciting repurpose of containers yet!

Not only does the stadium look pretty cool, but its unique design makes it fully demountable so it can be dismantled and repurposed after the competition.

Its parts will be used for other sporting and non-sport related projects all around the world. Reducing waste and setting a new standard in sustainability.

The stadium will be located on the shores of the Gulf, overlooking Doha’s impressive West Bay skyline. Once it’s dismantled they have plans to create a waterfront development for local people to enjoy – much better than an out of use stadium blocking the view!

I am hoping to make it over for the FIFA World Cup next year so I can’t wait to see the stadium in action!

It won’t be my first visit to Qatar – I made a little trip to Doha last year for the Majestic Global Logistics Network annual event- It’s a fantastic city – if you missed my post about it you can read about it here… https://www.millenniumcargo.com/bigger-isnt-always-better/

Construction of the stadium has already started. Excavations are complete and the foundations filled with reinforced concrete. Work on the drainage networks and other utilities is well underway too and the shipping containers that will become the arena’s “building blocks” are in production.

I’m excited to see the finished thing!

I wonder what else we’ll see shipping containers used for in the future too?