Your guide to the eight sites

Stade 974 - 2022 World Cup: Your guide to Qatar's eight stadiums - AFP

Stade 974 – 2022 World Cup: Your guide to Qatar’s eight stadiums – AFP

The eight stadiums that will host the Qatar 2022 World Cup are primed and ready. They are eye-catching, to say the least.

One of the stadiums is made of shipping containers while another is meant to look like a traditional Middle Eastern headgear.

While notable in design, the eight venues – the fewest since the 1978 16-team World Cup in Argentina – are a logistical relief for fans attending arguably the most controversial World Cup in history. all the time.

Indeed, the eight stadiums are all within 21 miles of central Doha and will be linked by a metro and tram system, allowing more than one game to be watched on the same day.

Some grounds are powered by solar farms and equipped with cooling systems to combat the heat, while others have outdoor air conditioning. And once the tournament is over and over a few days before Christmas, only one stadium will host a football team: the Khalifia International Stadium.

The others will either be completely dismantled (in the 974 stadium cast) or reduced in capacity and converted into hotels, community spaces or smaller sports facilities.

How many stadiums will host the event?

Eight stadiums will host the 32 teams from the opening match on November 20 to the final on December 18.

The opening match will start at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, while the finalists will travel to Doha a month later to play at Lusail Stadium.

Iconic stadium of Lusail

Capacity: 80,000

Lusail Stadium

Lusail Stadium

Doha’s Lusail Stadium (officially “Lusail Iconic Stadium”) will be the centerpiece of the Qatar World Cup. It is the largest stadium available and has cooling systems to help combat the local climate. The venue is powered by a solar farm outside of town. This is where the World Cup final will be played.

Construction began in 2017 and ended in 2021, at an estimated cost of $767 million.

Group stage schedule
Argentina v Saudi Arabia
Brazil vs Serbia
Argentina vs Mexico
Portugal v Uruguay
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico
Cameroon vs Brazil

Al Bayt Stadium

Capacity: 60,000

Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening game of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the opening ceremony. It is the second largest stadium in use and was designed to resemble the tents historically used by nomads in the Gulf region.

The stadium, which was inaugurated on November 30, 2021 for the FIFA Arab Cup after seven years of construction, will host nine World Cup matches, including three knockout matches.

Group stage schedule
Qatar vs Ecuador
Morocco vs Croatia
England vs USA
Spain v Germany
Netherlands v Qatar
Costa Rica v Germany

Education City Stadium

Capacity: 45,320

Education City Stadium

Education City Stadium

Opened on June 15, 2020, Education City Stadium is considered one of the most environmentally friendly stadiums in the world. It is surrounded by Qatar’s educational institutions, which will continue to use the stadium after the tournament has concluded.

Group stage schedule
Denmark vs Tunisia
Uruguay v South Korea
Poland vs Saudi Arabia
South Korea vs Ghana
Tunisia vs France
South Korea v Portugal

Stadium 974

Capacity: 40,000

Stadium 974

Stadium 974

Located on the shore around the West Bay skyline in Doha, the name Stadium 974 refers to the number of shipping containers used in the construction of the stadium and the country’s international telephone code. Construction began in 2017 and was completed last year.

The stadium will be completely dismantled after the Qatar 2022 World Cup, with its reusable elements earmarked for other construction projects, including possible reuse at a future tournament.

It is the first stadium used for a World Cup specially designed to be dismantled afterwards.

Group stage schedule
Mexico vs Poland
Portugal v Ghana
France v Denmark
Brazil vs Switzerland
Poland vs Argentina
Serbia vs Switzerland

Khalifia International Stadium

Capacity: 45,416

Khalifia International Stadium

Khalifia International Stadium

While the ground has undergone multiple renovations – the latest for the World Cup – the Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976. The current version was launched on May 19, 2017 and is part of the Doha Sports City complex.

It is named after the former Emir of Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, and has been the home stadium of the national team since its construction.

Group stage schedule
England v Iran
Germany versus Japan
Netherlands vs Ecuador
Croatia v Canada
Ecuador vs Senegal
Japan vs Spain

Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

Capacity: 44,740

Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

The Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan is inspired by the desert landscape around the ground and Qatar. It features several sand dune-like structures after a World Cup redesign following the completion of its original construction in 2003.

Group stage schedule
USA v Wales
Belgium v ​​Canada
Wales v Iran
Japan vs. Costa Rica
Wales v England
Croatia vs Belgium

Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Al Thumama Stadium

Al Thumama Stadium

Inaugurated on October 22, 2021, Al Thumama Stadium will be used until the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah designed the pitch taking inspiration from the traditional Taqiyah cap worn by men and boys in the Middle East.

Group stage schedule
Senegal vs Netherlands
Spain v Costa Rica
Qatar v Senegal
Belgium vs Morocco
Iran versus the United States
Canada v Morocco

Al Janoub Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Al Janoub Stadium

Al Janoub Stadium

The design of the stadium, by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, was inspired by the hulls of traditional pearl fishing boats, which are further reflected in the use of traditional wood and materials. The symmetrical roof, intended to look like sails, is the most notable feature.

Group stage schedule

France vs Australia
Switzerland vs Cameroon
Tunisia vs Australia
Cameroon vs Serbia
Australia vs Denmark
Ghana v Uruguay

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