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World Cup Stadiums

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will not only be the first tournament to be held in the region, but it will be the most compact, allowing fans to attend more than one game a day.

With high summer temperatures, each stadium, training facility and fan zone will be equipped with solar-powered cooling technology to keep the temperature at 27C. All stadiums will be eco-friendly without any carbon emissions and their temperature will be controllable.

Qatar is home to more than 2.5 million people, so the legacy of the tournament has to be managed carefully. To that end, the tournament organizers have pledged to build stadiums with modular elements, which will be reconfigured after the tournament to provide a lasting legacy for the 2022 FIFA World Cup far beyond Qatar’s borders.

After the tournament, a total of 170,000 seats will be disassembled and provided to developing nations to help develop their sports infrastructure. As many as 22 new stadiums will be created in emerging economies, and this reconfiguration will leave Qatar with stadiums between 20-25,000 seats, which are suitable for its domestic entertainment needs.

Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium

Host city: Al Khor
Gross capacity: 60,000
Construction status: under construction
Matches planned: All matches through to the semi-finals

Delivered by Aspire Zone Foundation, this stadium can seat up to 60,000 spectators. It is unique with its giant tent structure covering the whole stadium that is named after bayt al sha’ar – tents historically used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and the Gulf region.

The stadium’s design honors Qatar’s past and present while being a model of green development and sustainability. After the tournament, the upper part of the stadium will be dissembled, with the total number of seats reduced to nearly 32,000, and the removed seats will be donated to other countries.

Al Rayyan Stadium

Al Rayyan Stadium

 

Host city: Al Rayyan
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Major renovation
Matches planned: Group matches

Located in Al Rayyan just outside of Doha, Al-Rayyan Stadium will expand to hold 40,000 spectators using modular elements forming an upper tier in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The stadium will be reflecting the Qatari culture through its “spectacular undulating façade”. It will also be downsized to nearly 20,000 seats after the tournament, and the removed seats will be given to football development projects abroad.

Al Wakrah Stadium

Al Wakrah Stadium

Host city: Al Wakrah
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: under construction
Matches planned: Group matches through to the quarter-finals

Located in Al Wakrah, 18 kilometers away from Doha, this stadium has a capacity of 40,000, and is part of a broader sports complex which will also include an aquatic center. After the FIFA World Cup, the stadium's capacity will be reduced to 20,000 seats, guaranteeing an electric atmosphere for their Qatar Stars League matches.

Schools, a wedding hall, tennis courts, basketball courts, restaurants, swimming pools, gyms and marketplaces are just some of the new amenities that will accompany Al Wakrah Stadium.

Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium

 

Host city: Doha
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: Major renovation
Matches planned: Group matches through to the semi-finals

The redesigned Khalifa International Stadium was originally built in 1976 and renovated and expanded in 2005 to serve as the centerpiece of the 2006 Asian Games hosted by Qatar.

The stadium, which includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands, is the centerpiece of Aspire Zone, a sports complex that includes Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, Hamad Aquatic Centre, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.

Attached to the stadium via a walkway is the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, adding to the appreciation of how this venue cherishes its past as it builds towards an exciting future.

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Host city: Al Rayyan (Education City)
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: under construction
Matches planned: Group matches, round of 16

The new Education City Stadium will be located in the midst of several world-class university campuses at Qatar’s global center of excellence, Education City.

The stadium can seat up to 40,000 spectators, and it takes the form of a jagged diamond. It will be easily accessible for fans by either road or metro. Following the FIFA World Cup, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats for use by university athletic teams.

For decades to come, Qatar Foundation Stadium will be a symbol of innovation, sustainability and progress, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and the goals of both Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Lusail Stadium

Host city: Al Daayen
Gross capacity:
Construction status: under construction
Matches planned: Opening match, group matches, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals

Located in the Al-Daayen section of new development Lusail City, the new Lusail Stadium is the centerpiece of Qatar’s World Cup and will host the opening and final ceremonies for the 2022 tournament.

Fans will get to games via upgraded roads, the Doha Metro or the Lusail Light Rail Transit system, and they can spend their time across different parks or in the to-be-built theme park.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium

Host city: Doha
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: under construction
Matches planned: Group matches and quarter finals

This 40,000-seat stadium will be overlooking the skyscrapers of the West Bay district, with nearly 6,000 parking spaces that will be reduced to 2,000 afterwards. The stadium will most likely be transformed into a “mixed-use urban neighborhood” after the 2022 World Cup.

Al Thumama Stadium

Host city: Doha
Gross capacity: 40,000
Construction status: under construction
Matches planned: Group matches and quarter finals

Located in an area of 515,400sq meters, this stadium will have a minimum of 40,000 seats that will be reduced after the tournament to 20,000 to serve the local needs.

The stadium is located in an area of 515,400 square meters that already comprises four outdoor training pitches and office facilities currently used by the Qatar Football Association Technical Committee.



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