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Containers front and centre in tonight’s World Cup match between Poland and Mexico

At 7pm local time tonight Mexico will kick off against Poland in the FIFA World Cup at a remarkable shipping-inspired sporting location, Stadium 974.

The only waterfront venue with a spectacular view of the Doha skyline, the stadium was constructed using 974 standard certified shipping containers, echoing the nearby port and the industrial history of the plot of land where it is located. The number in the stadium’s name is also the country’s international dialling code.

It is the first fully demountable covered football stadium in World Cup history. After the tournament, the area will be redeveloped, with the containers potentially being shipped to Uruguay to make a similar dismountable stadium if the South American’s bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup proves successful.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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