The World Cup in Qatar is still over eight years away, but the designs for the first stadium to be built, in Al Wakrah, have already been released. The architectural firm that designed the stadium based it on the “dhow” boat that Qataris traditionally used for pearl diving. But for those who have no clue what a dhow boat looks like, Al Wakrah stadium looks like something else entirely. A vagina.
The state-of-the-art stadium is slated to hold 40,000 spectators and is expected to be ready in 2018. Let’s go inside, shall we?
According to Reuters the small, gas-rich country of Qatar plans to spend “$140 billion on a rail system, a new airport, a seaport, and hundreds of kilometers of new roads for the tournament, in addition to the stadiums that will host the matches.”
The insanely rich county — which is slightly smaller than Connecticut — plans to install a cooling system in all its open air stadiums that will offset the summer temperatures, which can reach up to 120 degrees.
It is not clear whether or not all their stadiums will be shaped like ladies’ private parts.
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Update - Nov 23., 10:25 AM ET: The architect of the stadium, Zaha Hadid, has responded to those drawing a comparison between the stadium and a vagina.
“It’s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this,” Hadid told TIME. “What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous.”
“Honestly, if a guy had done this project,” she adds, “critics would not be making such lewd comparisons.”