Qatar Reveal Giant 'Vagina Stadium' For 2022 World Cup
Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadium is nearing completion, but some of the more dirty-minded among us have decided it looks like a massive vagina.
The Al Wakrah stadium will host matches right up to the quarter-finals and can hold up to 40,000 fans.
It was designed by the British-Iraqi architect, Dame Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2016, aged 65.
When her plans were released back in 2013, the stadium’s design was supposedly inspired by the shape of a dhow boat. The Arabian vessels are traditionally used for pearl diving and fishing. But, in classic ‘internet’ style, people compared the ‘sails’ on the top of the stadium to a vagina.
Because people are terrible.
Speaking to Time, Hadid said: “It’s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this.
“What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous.”
Hadid, a respected designer who worked on numerous iconic buildings around the world, added: “If a guy had done this project there wouldn’t have been the same level of criticism.”
There was also some criticism of the tournament being held in the country, given that temperatures can exceed 40 degrees celsius. But to combat the heat, the stadium will use water cooling technology, meaning the temperature inside will stick to a comfortable 20 degrees celsius.
It works by piping cold air through 100 ventilation units into the stadium, which has a 92m retractable roof which provides shade to the pitch.
The tournament has already been moved to the winter months, to try and overcome the sweltering temperatures in the Gulf.
For fans hoping to go to the world cup, it’s worth noting that drinking in Qatar is going to be a tricky, and expensive, task.
As a Muslim majority country Qatar recently announced that it has introduced a 100 percent tax on alcohol.
In a bid to crack down on ‘health-damaging’ goods, the Gulf state is hosting the next big festival of football, and has now announced a ‘sin tax’.
The price of alcohol was already pretty steep but the new hike will see costs double.
Sky News reported that a one-litre bottle of gin will now set you back 304 Qatari riyals (£73/$92), while anyone wanting a 24-pack of beer cans of their choice will have to fork out 384 riyals (£83/ $104).
The price of a bottle of wine isn’t as hefty, all things considered, with 750ml of South African Shiraz poised to cost 86 riyals (£19 / $23). But who wants to stand with a bottle of red while the football’s on?