FIFA World Cup 2022: A Look Into Doha Venues For Biggest Celebration Of Soccer
FIFA World Cup 2022 is all set to be held in Qatar from November 20. Eight stadiums in Doha will host 64 matches at the World Cup and the unique nature of the tournament, which is being held in one location, allows fans to attend more than one game a day, with the venues a maximum of one hour drive from each other.
Lusail Stadium is the largest venue for the tournament and will host the World Cup final on Dec. 18. It is accessible by a metro line (Lusail QNB Metro Station, red line) and will host matches in all rounds of the competition. The stadium is situated at 15km north of central Doha.
Named and designed after the tents used by nomads in the Gulf, the Al Bayt Stadium is the farthest venue from central Doha but also one of the biggest and has a retractable roof. Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. The stadium is situated 40km north of Doha.
Inaugurated in 2020, the venue has already hosted the Club World Cup where Bayern Munich won the title in February 2021. The venue is a stone's throw away from the metro line (Education City Station, Green Line) and will be in use until the quarter-finals.
This temporary stadium is situated near the seafront corniche and is uniquely designed with 974 shipping containers (the number is also the international dialling code of Qatar). The stadium is located near the Ras Bu Abboud Metro Station (Gold line). The stadium is situated at 5km from the airport.
Inaugurated in December 2020, it hosted the final of the Amir Cup - Qatar's domestic cup - and Club World Cup games. Nearly half of the seats will be dismantled and given to football projects outside Qatar.The venue is located near the Al Riffa Metro Station (Green line).
The circular design of the stadium is inspired by the 'gahfiya' -- the traditional woven cap worn by boys and men in the Middle East. This stadium's capacity will also be reduced to 20,000 after the World Cup. This stadium's capacity will also be reduced to 20,000 after the World Cup.
The stadium design takes inspiration from the 'dhow' pearl fishing boats and has a roof that looks like sails. It was inaugurated in 2019, hosting the Amir Cup final. The stadium's capacity will be reduced to 20,000 after the World Cup with the seats to be donated to projects overseas.