Qatar wins World Cup host status, in part by promising to keep outdoor field and crowd temps on the less than stifling side.

I am not a serious soccer fan. I really enjoy watching what I can of the World Cup every four years, and I like a little Premier League if I come across it in the meantime (as a Red Sox fan, I might now have a chance to adopt Liverpool as a favorite, but that’s another story). My point is, I’m interested but not one of the people lighting up the football portion of the internet with complaints when FIFA awarded Qatar and Russia the privilege of host city status last month for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cup.

That said, one phrase from the December, 3 article on the announcements did get my attention. I’m sure you’ll spot it:

FIFA’s executive committee choose Qatar - a nation smaller than Connecticut, which has promised to overcome 130-degree heat with air conditioned stadiums - over the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea in a secret vote Thursday.

Twelve air conditioned outdoor stadiums? And large ones, to boot? We’ll have to keep our eye on that. I doubt widespread heat stroke is the kind of PR that FIFA is after, but this sounds like no small task.

I’ve done a little more looking around since I first blogged about this news. David Raish at has reported that this work is a $50 billion project from German firm, Buro Alert Speer & Partner. By using on-site solar panels, Raish writes, “The air conditioning system will reduce temperatures inside the stadium to 27°C, which will be a much more bearable temperature for both fans and players.” FYI, that’s a projected drop down to just under 81°F from seasonal 100° temps.

Elsewhere,Al Jazeera’s English online coverage reports that organizers claim the stadiums will be carbon-neutral, continuously forwarding energy collected by the solar panels to the Qatar electric grid when not in use for matches.

That’s admirably ambitious, and we’ll see how they do. But to be fair, they still have almost twelve years to figure it out. Maybe by then, Americans will actually like watching soccer that isn’t being played by their children.


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