Qatar World Cup: 8 Stadiums Where The FIFA Matches In Doha Will Be Held

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qatar world cup fifa stadiums 2022

With just a month left to the opening game on November 20 2022, we explore the eight stadiums which will host matches at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Here’s a look at the Qatar stadiums that will host the FIFA World Cup

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Lusail, Lusail Iconic Stadium (80,000 capacity)

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Lusail Stadium. (Image: FIFA)

Qatar’s biggest stadium will host the final on December 18 as well as, amongst other matches, the first semi-final. Built in Lusail, a planned city for a population of 200,000 people situated 15 kilometres north of central Doha, there are plans for the stadium to be transformed into a community hub after the World Cup, with most of its seats being removed and donated elsewhere.

Al-Khor, Al-Bayt Stadium (60,000)

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Al-Bayt Stadium. (Image: FIFA)

The venue for the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador on November 20, as well as the group-stage showdown between Spain and Germany and the second semi-final. It is constructed in the form of a Bedouin tent although there are plans for the upper tier to be removed after the competition. Situated on Qatar’s north-east coast, around 35 kilometres from Doha, it is therefore beyond the reach of the capital’s metro system, making it one of the harder venues to access for supporters.

Al-Rayyan, Education City Stadium (40,000)

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Education City Stadium. (Image: FIFA)

Situated among university campuses in Al-Rayyan, just to the west of Doha itself, and reachable by metro, the stadium will notably host one of the quarter-finals. Its capacity will be reduced by half after the tournament with plans for the seats to be donated to developing countries.

Al-Rayyan, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (40,000)

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Ahmed Bin Ali stadium. (Image: FIFA)

The home of one of Qatar’s most successful clubs, Al-Rayyan, the stadium has been built on the site of the old venue of the same name and is one metro stop beyond the nearby Education City. Located where the city meets the desert, its capacity will also be reduced by half after the tournament.

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Doha, Khalifa International Stadium (40,000)

Khalifa International Stadium. (Image: Visit Qatar)
Khalifa International Stadium. (Image: Visit Qatar)

Built in 1976, it is the only venue which already existed before Qatar was awarded the World Cup, although it has since been transformed. Hosted the 2011 Asian Cup final and also the final of the 2019 Club World Cup between Liverpool and Flamengo. Will host England’s opening clash with Iran.

Doha, Al-Thumama Stadium (40,000)

Thumama Stadium. (Image: Qatar World Cup 2022)
Thumama Stadium. (Image: Qatar World Cup 2022)

Situated to the south of central Doha, close to the city’s Hamad International Airport, the stadium is built in the form of a gahfiya, the traditional cap worn by men across the Middle East. It will host one of the quarter-finals, while its capacity will be reduced to 20,000 after the World Cup.

Doha, Stadium 974 (40,000)

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Stadium 974. (Image: FIFA)

Built out of shipping containers on Doha’s waterfront, the pop-up stadium will be completely dismantled after the World Cup. The number 974 is the international dialling code for Qatar but also represents the number of containers used for the stadium’s construction.

Al-Wakrah, Al-Janoub Stadium (40,000)

Al Janoub Stadium. (Image: Qatar World Cup 2022)
Al Janoub Stadium. (Image: Qatar World Cup 2022)

Located south of Doha in the city of Al-Wakrah, the stadium’s design was inspired by the traditional boats used for pearl diving and fishing.

This story was published via AFP Relaxnews

(Main image: FIFA; Featured Image: Qatar World Cup 2022)