Football (or soccer, depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean you’re on) just got a little cooler at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar thanks to their promise of air-conditioning in their soon-to-be built stadiums.
Yes, you read that right, air-conditioning. And in an open-air stadium to boot.
But the innovations don’t stop there.
The engineering department at Qatar University, headed by Dr. Saul Abdul Ghani, recently announced the addition of an artificial cloud-like shade for the stadium.
The cloud is said to be made up of a hundred percent light carbonic materials and has four engines that run on solar power. It can also be positioned to hover anywhere over the stadium via a remote control.
Of course, upon further scrutiny, the cloud isn’t quite the fluffy, cotton-candy like floss that people have come to love, but more of a flat sphere, something more akin to an elongated UFO floating high-above the stadium.
Nevertheless, the ‘cloud’ is sure to give both players and the spectators some welcome respite from the legendary heat in Qatar, where temperatures can go as high as 120 degrees.
It is also for this reason that Prince Ali of Jordan suggested holding the 2022 World Cup in January instead of the traditional July play-off, citing January as one of the coolest months in Qatar.
Estimated costs put it at approximately $500,000 each. With nine stadiums to outfit, that amounts to a whole lot of money, but with Qatar’s seemingly endless reserves of riches, that shouldn’t be a problem.
The creators of this new innovation hope that one day their invention would be widely-used in open spaces like beaches and open car parks.
Source: The Post Game