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A very hot day in the shade, cool in the full sun

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Qatar is launching the first outdoor stadium with air conditioning

A very hot day in the shade, cool in the full sun

In Qatar climbs the mercury can easily top 40 degrees, but the athletes in the Diamond League. The Khalifa International Stadium, the setting for the world CHAMPIONSHIP athletics this fall and the football world cup in 2022, is the first outdoor stadium that is fully cooled, can be with air conditioning. Price: 82 million.

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The Khalifa International Stadium is ready for the world cup. afp

Qatar is launching the first outdoor stadium with air conditioning

A very hot day in the shade, cool in the full sun

In Qatar climbs the mercury can easily top 40 degrees, but the athletes in the Diamond League. The Khalifa International Stadium, the setting for the world CHAMPIONSHIP athletics this fall and the football world cup in 2022, is the first outdoor stadium that is fully cooled, can be with air conditioning. Price: 82 million.

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DohaEen afternoon stroll along the Corniche, a boulevard in the Qatari capital, Doha, is not the best idea. It’s been forty degrees. In the shade. “We have so far not allowed to complain, but the past few days shots the temperatures suddenly up,” says Frederic De Boever. The East-flanders has been working since last year in Qatar. He is currently goalkeeping coach of the first team of Al Arabi, the highest Qatari soccer league. ‘Inevitably you have to take into account the heat.’ The traditional namiddagtrainingen since this week has shifted to six in the evening. It is still ‘barely’ 37 degrees.

But it could always be hotter. De Boever: “I arrived in Qatar in August. During the day it was easy 46 to 47 degrees. In June, it even peaks up above 50 degrees. From september to the third week of October, it is still easy 35 to 40 degrees.’

In short, a problem in a country that the most prestigious sporting events to themselves. Among the championships and passed all in review. At that felbesproken edition in mid-October 2016 fell especially the riders in the youth categories in the bushes under the heat. This year, for the first time a world CHAMPIONSHIP of athletics programmed, exceptionally late, from late september to early October. But there was really murder, and fire screamed when Qatar world cup football 2022 binnenhaalde. Madness, baking and frying.

Oasis of 20 degrees

All the while simmering in your own sweat, is the stadium, an oasis of twenty degrees

The solution: the Khalifa International Stadium, part of the Aspire sports complex, a stone’s throw from the indoorgymzaal where Nina Derwael last year to world champion to the bridge with uneven shelves crowned. That is not a haphazard comparison. Walk or play football in the Khalifa International Stadium in the same conditions as in the indoorgymhal just down the road. Summer or winter, 20 or 50 degrees outside.

While you’re in the sun, simmering in his own sweat, is the stadium, an oasis of twenty degrees. The whole stadium can be cooled, indoor and outdoor, for both spectators and athletes. While the roof is open.

How the toy works? The secret lies a few kilometres away. There is a giant tank with cold water. That water through pipes to the stadium pumped and there used to be over 500 megablazers cold air from vomiting. “Not a single stadium on earth has such a with air-cooled outdoor stadium’, wonder Dr. Saud Ghani, professor of engineering at the university of Qatar, at the opening of the stadium. Maybe also logical: the energy bill for a giant air-conditioning in the open air must be quite add up. Ghani stresses, however, that the system 40 percent less energy require than conventional koelmethodes.

This megablazers cooling the Qatari stadium. Karim Jaafar/afp

How strange also, during the competitions is hardly a breath of wind to feel. Ghani: “During the events, the blazers turned so that the wind is not straight-forward blows, but up.’

But Nafi Thiam need not worry that her spear over a few months during the zevenkamp all directions shut off by the wind. During crosswind sensitive tests if the javelin at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in athletics will not be wind blown. Ghani: ‘We in all directions from with this system. We can check the temperature, we can air dry, damp, or cool.’

Feel cold

‘A gentle, cool breeze in a new home, a cool breeze in a new home, this is how Sebastian Coe, chairman of the international association of athletics, praised the new conditions – up to yesterday, took the Diamond League is always a place in a much smaller stadium (without air conditioning).

Caster Semenya wins the 800 metres at the Diamond League. reuters

The Khalifastadion is the first stadium that was ready for the world cup 2022. Meanwhile, other stadiums with the same technology equipped and on the world cup all eight world cup stadiums with air-cooled.

The Boever already played a couple of times in a aircogekoeld stadium. “Sometimes I even feel cold. Then I could easily get a training jacket treaties on the bank. Strange, because if I the stadium left, bumping into me at forty degrees.’

That if what costs. To the old Khalifastadion to upgrade was estimated to be 82 million euro is needed. The price tag for all world cup stadiums and infrastructure is estimated at 8.9 billion euros.

Waste of money?

Small detail. When the plans of the with air-cooled stadiums were developed, it was the world cup still traditionally in June and July. Now shifted the Wereldvoetbalbond Fifa the tournament to november and december. De Boever: “The winter, that will be ideal: then here is the some 23 degrees. in the Evening, it can even be a bit chilly to the touch and blows a colder wind. In theory they have no with air-cooled stadiums.”

It blows the spent money along with the cooled air through the open roof of the Khalifastadion to the outside. But it is a totally unnecessary waste is not. So benefited the Diamond League yesterday for the first time of the high-tech temple, was set up in april from the wavy roof, fireworks shot off for the Asian atletiekkampioenschappen, Thiam and the Borlées and co. a few months can enjoy the coolness in the world CHAMPIONSHIP of athletics and play in the Qatari clubs of their league games in pleasant temperatures.

De Boever: ‘just About every football club in Qatar will be a world-class stadium after the world cup. Additionally, there will be the stadiums, which modules are built, after the fifa world cup for a part to be demolished – such great stadiums get you in Qatar yet never full. That bouwstukken of the stadiums will be donated to friendly countries. So there is certainly slim thought about it, there is not just a mountain of money against them thrown out.’

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