2022 FIFA World Cup Stadiums in Qatar
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will not only be the first tournament to be held in the Arab region, but it will also be the most compact because fans are allowed to attend more than one game a day. This means that the fans can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadiums as many times as they can afford before the end of the tournament in December 2022.
With high summer temperatures, each 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium, training facility, and fans zone are equipped with solar-powered cooling technology to keep the temperature at 27 degrees Celsius. All the 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadiums are eco-friendly and their temperature will be controllable.
Below are the 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadiums in Qatar
The Lusail Stadium is the biggest 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar with an 80,000 capacity. It will host the opening game, the final, and other important key games.
Its design is an idea from the ‘interplay of light and shadow that characterizes the fanart lantern’. The stadium was officially opened in 2022. At the end of the World Cup, most seats in the stadium will be removed and given to underdeveloped countries because the city of Lusail won’t need a stadium.
Al Janoub Stadium
Zaha Hadid Architects was chosen in 2013 to collaborate with AECOM on the design and construction of Al Janoub Stadium (previously known as Al Wakrah Stadium).
The 40,000-seat stadium officially opened on May 16, 2019, in time for the Amir Cup final. The stadium’s capacity will be lowered to 20,000 spectators after the World Cup, with the remaining 20,000 seats donated to football development projects across the world.
Al Bayt Stadium
This stadium, built by Aspire Zone Foundation, has a capacity of 60,000 spectators. It is remarkable in that it has a massive tent structure that covers the entire stadium and is called after bayt al sha’ar – tents used by nomadic people in Qatar.
The design of the stadium pays homage to Qatar’s past and present while also serving as a model of green development and sustainability. The upper portion of the stadium will be dismantled after the tournament, and the removed seats will be donated to other countries.
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
In preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Al-Rayyan Stadium, located just outside of Doha, will be expanded to house 40,000 spectators using modular parts constructing an upper tier. With its “spectacular undulating façade,” the stadium reflects Qatari culture.
After the tournament, it will be reduced to approximately 20,000 seats, with the seats lost going to football development projects in other countries.
Education City Stadium
This stadium is located within the Qatar Foundation, just outside of Doha’s world-famous downtown area. After the World Cup, the Education City Stadium will become the home of the national women’s team.
It hosted the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup final, which was won by Bayern Munich over Tigres. The Education City stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 people.
Khalifa International Stadium
The Khalifa International Stadium, which was built in 1976 in Al Rayyan and has hosted the Asian Games, the Arabian Gulf Cup, and the AFC Asian Cup, among other events, has long been one of the most renowned stadiums.
The stadium has been expanded to accommodate 40,000 supporters for this tournament, and it is outfitted with “new cooling technology” that will allow players to compete in a comfortable setting.
Formerly known as Ras Abou Aboud, is one of the most innovative stadium designs of the eight structures. It is inspired by Qatar’s international trade and seafaring. The number “974” is also significant for the project because it represents both the international dialing code for Qatar and the number of cargo containers employed in its construction.
The structure may be seen across Doha’s West Bay skyline from the shore. Because it is primarily composed of shipping containers, the 40,000-seat stadium will be dismantled and used as a waterfront development for the local community once the World Cup is over. The stadium was officially opened on November 20, 2021, through a digital launch.
Al Thumama Stadium
This one is based on the ‘gahfiya,’ a traditional woven headgear used by men throughout the Middle East, which can be seen in stadium photos. This is the first World Cup arena created by a Qatari architect, Ibrahim Al Jaidah, and has a capacity of 40,000 people.
After the World Cup, the Al Thumama will reduce its capacity by half and donate the seats to underdeveloped countries. A mosque and a hotel will also be built on the property.