A look at how Qatar's proposed stadium designs might handle the heat, and what they might do after the World Cup.
The recent announcement of Qatar as the winning bidder for the 2022 World Cup Games has stirred a bit controversy. It's the first time that a Middle Eastern nation has been selected to host the World Cup and questions of transportation and proper accommodation for athletes and sporting fans alike are still unanswered. Let's not forget that average temperatures during the summer in Qatar hang around 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
But to help settle some of these questions, Qatar has some good news: All of the stadiums will utilize the region's solar energy through solar panels which will help keep temperatures cool. Energy will also be collected from the 12 stadiums when they're not in use, and will be stored for later use. It's all part of Qatar's plan for a carbon-neutral World Cup. Still, questions remain as to how exactly they're going to achieve all of this. Solar energy has never been used on this large a scale.
In the meantime, here's a look at how the proposed stadium designs will handle the heat and what they might be used for after the final match.
Photos courtesy of Qatar's Bid website.