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The New York Times
By John Branch

A shipping container stadium, but better visit soon: Its coming down after the tournament.

Qatar has eight stadiums for the World Cup. One is unlike all the others: It will be coming down after the tournament.

Thats Stadium 974, an arena built out of modular steel and 974 colorful shipping containers containers turned horizontal and vertical, used for bathrooms, elevator shafts, offices, staircases. It is this short-lived, 44,089-seat stadium that will be used for Portugal-Ghana on Thursday, the second of seven matches it will host.

From the outside, the stadium looks like an erector set stuffed with Legos. It sits near a port, outside of central Doha, in an area with development plans that do not include a stadium. Why shipping containers? It is a nod, supposedly, to the shipping past and future of Qatar, a lump of a peninsula in the Persian Gulf. But, really, why not? After all, Qatar has found clever uses for containers for this World Cup.

And why 974? Not only is that the number of containers a claim that is tough to verify but also Qatars international calling code.

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