Renovation work at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha has been completed and is set to be officially opened tomorrow.
The 40,000-capacity venue, which is due to host matches up to the quarter-final stages, is the first Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to be finished.
It has undergone extensive redevelopment in order to be ready in time for the tournament.
The venue is due to stage tomorrow's 2017 Emir Cup final, Qatar's most prestigious domestic football tournament, between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd.
However, the stadium had experienced delays as it was expected that construction work would be completed and the venue would be handed over by the end of last year.
It was announced last month that the venue would be completed in May after the pitch at the stadium was laid in record time.
“We are pleased to announce that the Khalifa International Stadium will host the final of the 2017 Emir Cup between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd on Friday evening,” said Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
“This historic venue is close to Qatari hearts, and has seen some of Qatar’s biggest sporting occasions over the years since 1976.
"It is therefore a fitting venue for the biggest match of Qatar’s football calendar, and we look forward to welcoming fans into the magnificent re-modelled stadium.
"The venue will also host the opening game and final of the Gulf Cup this December in Doha.”
According to Qatar 2022 organisers, the turf, measuring around 7,800 square metres, was moved from the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) Turf Nursery to the venue.
The Organising Committee said it took 13-and-a-half hours to be laid by a team of 40 people, who used eight specialised machines.
The turf was planted at the Turf Nursery and took nine months to reach the optimum 14 millimetres in length, before it was harvested and transferred to the pitch.
Cooling technology has also been installed in the stadium which will keep the pitch at a temperature of 26°C and the stands at 24 to 28°C following fears it would be too hot for athletes and spectators.
Built in 1976, the venue hosted athletics at the Asian Games in 2006 as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
It will also welcome the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships.
Work has also started on the Lusail Stadium, the 80,000-seater venue which is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup final.
The venue, located around 20 kilometres north of capital city Doha, is also due to stage the opening match of the tournament.
Officials have expressed their confidence that it will be completed by 2020.
It has been claimed the look of the stadium, designed by British architects Foster and Partners, will be unveiled later this year.
During the build-up to the 2022 World Cup, criticism has been levelled at organisers over the treatment of migrant workers who are helping with stadium construction.
Amnesty International have claimed that FIFA and Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy have not done enough to address the matter and have even suggested the tournament be moved to a different host nation.