the games of 2022 World Cup (from November 20 to December 18), in Qatar, will be distributed in eight stadiums, of which only one already existed when the country was chosen to host the tournament.
These are the stadiums that will host the biggest football event on the planet:
Lusail Stadium (80 thousand places)
The largest of the stadiums built will host the World Cup final on December 18, in addition to other games. It is located in Lusail, a city specifically created for the event. It was officially opened in early September, during the Lusail Super Cup, played between Saudi Arabian champions Al-Hilal and Egyptian champions Zamalek.
Khalifa International Stadium (45,416 seats)
Built in 1976, it is the only stadium that existed before Qatar’s choice in 2010 to host the World Cup. The place was renovated in 2017 and its two new arches make it much more modern. Several competitions have already been played there, such as the Asian Games, five games of the FIFA Club World Cup (2019), including the final between Liverpool and Flamengo, and the Asian Cup.
IT’S THE KHALIFA! 🏟️
The country’s main stadium since 1976, the Khalifa International Stadium was one of the first stages of the World Cup games to be delivered by the local organization. 👏
The stadium has a capacity of over 40,000 fans.
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Al-Bayt Stadium (60 thousand places)
This stadium, which is difficult for fans to access (only by bus or taxi) was built on the northeast coast of the country, 35 kilometers from the capital, following the shape of the Bedouin tents. The venue will host the opening of the World Cup, with the host team’s game against Ecuador on November 20th.
AL-BAYT: THE TENT-SHAPE STADIUM 🏟️
Inspired by the Bayt Al Sha-Ar, traditional tent used by Qatari nomads, Al-Bayt Stadium shows all respect for the history of the local people.
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Estádio Al-Janoub (40 thousand places)
The shape of this stadium is inspired by the hulls of pearl fishing boats, for a long time present in the sea of the Arabian Peninsula. It opened with Al Duhail’s victory over Al-Sadd in the 2019 Emir Cup Final.
Its oyster shape is a tribute to the ancient fishermen who, in the past, survived by fishing for pearls and established themselves as symbols of the local population.
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Education City Stadium (40 thousand places)
Easily accessible by subway and located between university campuses, its silhouette is shaped like a diamond. Its capacity will be reduced by half after the World Cup, something that will also happen with other stadiums.
Its capacity is for more than 40 thousand fans, and it will host some games in the group stage, one game in the round of 16 and another in the quarter-finals.
Close to the capital Doha, about 7km away, the stadium is in the city of Al Rayyan.
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Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (60 thousand places)
A metro line was created especially to link Doha to this stadium, located in one of Qatar’s most historic cities, not far from the desert.
With a capacity for 40,000 fans, in addition to being one of the most significant works for the Qatari people, it contains a shopping mall, providing all the comfort and luxury for those who are present at the arena.
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Al-Thumama Stadium (40 thousand places)
Its design is inspired by the ‘taqiyah’, the traditional hat worn by men in the region. The tournament will start in this stadium with the duel between Senegal and Holland on November 21st. After the World Cup, its capacity will increase from 40,000 to 20,000 seats and the stadium will also house a sports clinic and a hotel.
YOU ARE GOOD QATAR 🇶🇦
Inspired by the gahfyia, a traditional Arab headdress, Al Thumama Stadium is one of the arenas for this year’s World Cup. 🏟️
Built by local architects, the initial project was to build an underground stadium in the country.
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Stadium 974 (40 thousand places)
The site was built from shipping containers and other reused materials. It will be completely dismantled after the tournament. The number 974 corresponds to the international prefix of Qatar, but also to the number of containers used in the construction of the stadium.
THE ARENA OF… CONTAINERS?! 👀
One of the most attractive stadiums in Qatar, the 974 Stadium is indeed built with shipping containers. The Qatari work is one of the most innovative among the world arenas.
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