Khalifa International Stadium on 28 February 2018, Doha, Qatar

Stadiums

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Qatar 2022™ stadiums: These are the 8 football stadiums

Introduction

The FIFA World Cup 2022™ will be played in Qatar. 32 nations will compete for the world title in the tournament this year. 64 exciting matches will be played in eight unique stadiums. Do you want to know more about which stadiums there are and what’s going on around them? We listed everything you need to know about all the stadiums at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™!

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Qatar has 2.8 million inhabitants and thanks to a fortune based on liquefied natural gas, it is the richest country in the world per capita. That means that this FIFA World Cup™ tournament will be one of the most exciting and lavish tournaments.

Around €145 billion has been spent on the country’s infrastructure to prepare for the tournament, including a new city to host the Final, a new airport and a new train system.

This mega sum includes the renovation of existing stadiums and construction of a number of new stadiums. On average, about 47,500 people can enjoy football in these stadiums. The FIFA World Cup Qatar™ will take place in winter, but temperatures in Qatar can still be around 30°C in winter. As a result, all the stadiums are equipped with air conditioning and climate control. Here are all the stadiums
for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Qatar 2022™ Stadiums

Al Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor)
Ahmed Bin Al Stadium (al-Rayyan)
Khalifa International Stadium (al-Rayyan)
Education City Stadium (Ar Rayyan)
Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah)
Lusail Stadium (Lusail)
Al Thumama Stadium (Doha)
Stadium 974 (Doha)

 

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Al Bayt Stadium

Capacity: 60,000 seats, opened in 2021

The magnificent Al Bayt Stadium was launched when Qatar took on Bahrain in their Opening Match of the refurbished FIFA Arab Cup 2021™. This 60,000-seat stadium was one of the largest venues for the FIFA Arab Cup™. On 21st November at 11am will be the Opening Match of Qatar 2022™ with a magnificent ceremony. The Al Bayt Stadium will host a total of nine matches this year, making it one of the most important stadiums in Qatar.

The design of the stadium is said to reflect the inside of a Bedouin tent. Bedouins are the nomads of the desert who use Bedouin tents for protection from the wild weather of the desert. These tents are often coloured red, white and black. The name of the stadium comes from the ”bayt al sha’a’r”. The stadium is shaped like a tent and has a retractable roof. This modern retractable roof provides air conditioning and climate control as well as more shade, which is certainly needed. The roof can open and close within 20 minutes. The estimated cost of the stadium is no less than €770 million.

The Al Bayt Stadium is built on the southeastern outskirts of the small city of Al Khor City on the Persian Gulf, about 40 kilometres north of Doha. The distance from the centre of Al Khor is about 4 kilometres. The stadium will be part of a new development with a shopping centre, park and hospital.

Matches:
1x Opening Match
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-final
1x Semi-final

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Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Capacity 40,000 seats, opened in 2020

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The stadium was built on the same site as Al Rayyan SC’s home ground. Initially, the plan was to expand and renovate the existing stadium, but they ended up building a whole new stadium. The last match in the old stadium was played in 2014, after which it was demolished and preparations for the new stadium began. In 2015, the final designs were presented and foundation work started in late 2016. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was officially opened on 18th December 2020 with the Amir Cup Final between Al-Sadd and Al-Arabi (2-1). A few months later, the stadium was one of two venues for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ which was played in early 2021. Among other things, it was the venue for one of the two Semi-finals.

The striking feature of the stadium is its facade. This contains various symbols and is inspired by the sand dunes of the nearby desert. There are also features of Qatari culture in its spectacular undulating facade. The stadium is estimated to have cost around €320 million.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is located in the suburb of Al Rayyan, on the eastern edge of Doha’s city centre. The distance from the centre is about 20 kilometres. You can easily reach the stadium from the centre of Doha by metro. Al Riffa metro station is a short walk from the stadium. It is the last station of the newly constructed Green Line, which can be boarded in the centre of Doha. The journey from Al Bidda station takes about 25 minutes. On the way you will pass the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Matches
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16

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Khalifa International Stadium

Capacity 40,000 seats, Opened in 1976

One of the most iconic stadiums in the country. The Khalifa International Stadium was opened in 1976 in Doha and renovated in 2017 for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The stadium is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the former ”emir” of Qatar. It hosts several top international events and competitions. Khalifa International Stadium is the regular playing venue for the Qatar national team and has also hosted international matches of Argentina and Brazil on occasion. Although an extensive upgrade of the stadium was needed, the Khalifa Stadium was obviously proposed as a venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Work on the stadium began in 2014 and included a renovation of all stands, additional seating, additional catering facilities and the construction of a large innovative sliding roof that covers 70% of the stadium. The stadium is also the first to be equipped with a climate control system; it is not allowed to get warmer than 26 degrees during a match. Khalifa International Stadium has always had an iconic arch. For the Qatar 2022™, it was replaced by a new one and supplemented by a second one. The renovations were completed in the summer of 2017, making it the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadium to be finished. The cost of renovating the stadium has been estimated at around €85 million.

Khalifa International Stadium is located in the west of Doha about 10 kilometres from the centre. The stadium is about 18 kilometres from the development of The Pearl further north. Fortunately, the stadium is easily accessible by metro. Sports City Station is one of the recently opened Gold Lines running through the centre of Doha. The stadium is located in ‘the Aspire Zone’, a large sports complex with various other sports facilities. Khalifa International Stadium has many amenities surrounding the stadium, including sports facilities, the large Villaggio Mall, the iconic hotel “The Torch Doha” and a huge beautiful park. Upon completion of the redevelopment, the Khalifa International Stadium will also house the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.

Matches
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
Match for third place

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Education City Stadium

Capacity 40,000 seats, opened 2020

Education City Stadium was the third Qatar 2022™ stadium to be completed. Plans for the stadium were presented as part of Qatar’s bid for the FIFA World Cup 2022™. Ground preparation began in 2014, but it took until late 2016 for foundation work to begin. The stadium was expected to be completed in 2019, but this was delayed until 2020. It was officially opened on 15th June 2020 with a special TV programme to celebrate the opening. The first game was played over a month later on 3rd September 2021. Education City Stadium was one of the two venues for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. Among other things, it hosted the final between Bayern Munich and Tigres UANL (1-0).

Education City Stadium was designed to reflect a diamond in the desert. Approximately 55% of the materials come from local sources and 20% of the construction materials are environmentally friendly. This makes the stadium one of the world’s most environmentally friendly stadiums. In May 2019, it even received a GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System) rating of five stars. The nickname of this stadium is the “Jewel of the Desert” because the facade resembles a cut diamond. The stadium is estimated to have cost €620 million.

Education City Stadium is part of the large Education City complex that consists of several university campuses, other educational facilities, parks, museums and office buildings. It is a must-go venue that will blow your mind. Before you know it, you’ll spend hours getting lost in all the nice restaurants scattered around the stadium!

Matches
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-final

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Al Janoub Stadium

Capacity 40,000 seats, Opened in 2019

Al Janoub Stadium is a newly opened stadium in the city of Al Wakrah. The stadium was part of Qatar’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and final plans were presented in 2013. In 2014, initial preparations began to prepare the site for construction. It took until 2016 before the real construction work could start. The stadium was supposed to be ready in the last quarter of 2018, but due to a number of delays, that was pushed back to 2019. Al Janoub Stadium was officially opened on 16th May 2019 with a match between Al-Duhail and Al-Sadd that ended with a score of 4-1.

Al Janoub Stadium was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The design was inspired by the hulls of traditional dhow pearl fishing boats. This is reflected by the use of wood and traditional materials. What is immediately striking about the stadium is its symmetrical roof consisting of three shells. The stadium is estimated to have cost €520 million.

Al Janoub Stadium is located just east of the town of Al Wakrah. On the way to the village of Al Wukair, you will undoubtedly come across the stadium. The stadium is located about 5 kilometres east of the central Souq and the coast in Al Wakrah where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and blue clear waters. Al Wakrah is located just over 10 kilometres south of Doha on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The distance to the centre of Doha and The Corniche is just over 20 kilometres. In short, there are more than enough places of interest in the vicinity of the Al Janoub Stadium so be sure to check out what’s on in these nearby places. The stadium is mostly surrounded by major roads, car parks and residential areas and as a result, there is little to do around the stadium. Most fans will stay, eat and drink in the centre of Doha.

Matches
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16

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Lusail Stadium

Capacity 80,000 seats, opened in 2021

Lusail Stadium is a new stadium that will be the flagship stadium for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The stadium is expected to host the Final. The construction of the Lusail Stadium was first proposed in 2010 as part of Qatar’s
FIFA World Cup 2022™ bid. Super futuristic and lots of light were key elements for the design of the glass roof to keep out the summer heat. After the decision to award the FIFA World Cup 2022™ to Qatar, a tender process was initiated for the actual design of the stadium. The process was slow and the initial designs proved unsatisfactory to the organising committee. In the end, the British architectural firm Foster + Partners was chosen to design the stadium. In 2014, work had already begun to prepare the site of the stadium and at the end of 2016, the contractors were put to work.

The football stadium has a circular shape and is surrounded by a moat. Lusail Stadium can be reached via six bridges connected to car parks outside the stadium. Super unique and almost an attraction in itself! The design of this magnificent stadium was inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterises the fanar lantern. Its shape and facade reflect the decorative signs on bowls, vessels and other works of art found in the Arab and Islamic world during the rise of civilisation in the region. The stadium is estimated to have cost around €680 million.

Lusail Stadium has been built in the new development of Lusail City on the northern outskirts of Doha on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Lusail City is located about 20 kilometres from the centre of Doha. There will be more housing and shops in this city, which is expected to be home to 200,000 residents. A new metro light rail line will connect the stadium with the centre of Doha.

Matches
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-final
1x Semi-final
Final

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Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity 40,000 seats, Opened in 2021

Al Thumama Stadium is one of the newly built stadiums, the construction of the stadium started in 2017 and took more than four years. Al Thumama Stadium officially opened on 22nd October 2021 with the 49th Amir Cup Final between Al-Sadd and Al-Rayyan (1-1).

The circular design of Al Thumama Stadium was inspired by the ‘gahfiya’, the traditional headdress worn by men and boys in the Arab world. The stadium was designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah. The name of the stadium comes from a local tree, the al thumama tree. Al Thumama Stadium is dynamic, powerful and truly imaginative. In keeping with all new
FIFA World Cup 2022™ venues in Qatar, this arena has been designed to celebrate Arab culture and traditions, as well as the tournament itself. By symbolising the youth of Qatar, the Al Thumama Stadium also signifies the country’s emergence as a major player on the global sports scene. The estimated cost of the stadium is around €330 million.

Al Thumama Stadium is located in the south of Doha, about 7 kilometres from the city centre (the Souq Waqif area). The stadium is not close to a metro station, so take a taxi, a local bus or use special shuttle arrangements for the event. Although there are fewer facilities around the stadium, it does have some beautiful green surroundings. Play and leisure areas have been created not only to beautify the venue, but also to further improve the lives and futures of the local communities.

Matches
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-final

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Stadium 974

Capacity 40,000 seats, opened in 2021

Stadium 974 was proposed as one of the 6 newly built stadiums for Qatar 2022™.

The stadium is constructed from modular building blocks including shipping containers and will be completely dismantled and reused after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. This sets a new standard in sustainability and introduces bold new ideas into the legacy planning of tournaments. The innovative design of Stadium 974 was inspired by Qatar’s global trade and shipping. 974 is the international dialling code for Qatar and is also the exact number of shipping containers used in its construction!

Stadium 974 is built on the shore of the Persian Gulf in the east of Doha, near the port and Hamad International Airport. It is located about 5 kilometres from central Doha around the Corniche. Stadium 974 is part of a new project being built on land previously occupied by heavy industry so connections are top notch. Hamad International Airport is the closest and the new Gold Line metro and takes you straight to the stadium. Did you know that the Al Thumama Stadium is next to Stadium 974? Bonus!

Matches
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16

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