You may know that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be taking place in Qatar and that matches will be held in stadiums in 7 cities – with the designated venues being: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, and Education City Stadium.
All stadiums were constructed recently, Excluding Khalifa International Stadium. With most stadiums over the past three years, it makes sense that all venues will meet FIFA requirements. The Global Sustainability Assessment System will rank them five stars. And they come with climate-control facilities to manage the temperature.
Lusail Iconic Stadium will host the final FIFA World Cup game in 2022. Qatar’s biggest venue, with a capacity of 80,000 people, will also be the busiest stadium of the tournament.
Lusail Stadium will host ten games in total, including their final match. Regarding stadium sites, Lusail can host some of the world’s most giant soccer games in the region. Its scale and architecture are impressive, matching its significant events.
The first 2022 FIFA World Cup match will occur in Qatar at Al Bayt Stadium, where 60,000 fans can watch the game over nine days. Al Bayt Stadium will host nine total matches. With its innovative design, the stadium in Qatar is reminiscent of traditional tents used by the nomadic people. It’s also the most prominent sports venue after Lusail.
Al Janoub Stadium is a futuristic retractable roof football stadium. If you’re wondering, this futuristic design is a nod to the traditional sails of Qatar’s dhow boats. It will host seven matches during the FIFA World Cup. For the Qatar 2022 World Cup, this stadium was constructed and replaced the old one. It can hold 40,000 people at once and looks to the desert from its façade.
At Khalifa International Stadium, 8 World Cup matches will take place in 40,000 seats. The stadium was built in 1976 and has hosted the Arabian Gulf Cup, Asian Games, and other tournaments. It’s recognizable because of its dual arches.
Education City Stadium, also known as Qatar Foundation Stadium, will host the quarter-final stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with eight matches scheduled at this facility. Its façade showcases a geometric design reminiscent of the Islamic architecture in Qatar’s past.
Stadium 974’s name comes from the 974 recycled shipping containers used in its construction. It is the first temporary venue in the history of the FIFA World Cup and has a capacity of 40,000. A total of 7 matches will occur here, after which the stadium will be dismantled.
Al Thumama Stadium, to be used during the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, will host eight matches and have a capacity of 40,000. It is designed to evoke the traditional gahfiya – a circular hat often worn by men and boys across the Middle East – combining the symbolism of independence and dignity with the look of a conventional Arab building.