420,000 sq. ft. media screen wraps stadium for 2022 Qatar World Cup
December 2, 2010 by Dave Haynes
The heart of someone handling Middle East sales inside Christie Digital probably skipped a beat or three today when news came along that Qatar won the bid for the 2022 World Cup.
It is very far off, but what might get that person going – as well as anyone who sells high-end projection systems – is word about the Al-Rayyan Stadium, which will be expanded for the world’s biggest sporting event and turned into one big projection screen.
It is described as having 420,000 sq. ft. of projection surface, which will require a whole bunch of projection material and many, many projectors that cost just a bit more than the ones you get down at Staples.
The video makes this look a bit like a system of tiles, like LED modules, but the plan is increase the size of the stadium for the tournament and then return it back to its current scale – which means projection, not permanent LEDs.
It is a very long way from now until them and many things will change, but this concept reworks the dynamic from a big-assed screen dominating a stadium bowl to a screen BEING the stadium.
Some of the other stadium concepts also look quite extraordinary in this video. If you are time-pressed, start watching at 4:41.