The main stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup
Qatar has built eight stadiums to host the World Cup, which will be held from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar. Only one stadium existed before the country was designated as the host of the World Cup.
Lusail Stadium (80,000 seats), is located in a city specially created for the event. This stadium will host the final of the competition. It was officially inaugurated in early September during the Lusail Super Cup between the Saudi Arabian and Egyptian champion clubs, Al Hilal and Zamalek.
In the city of Doha, the Khalifa International Stadium (40,000 seats): the only stadium in the country built (in 1976) well before the World Cup, was awarded to Qatar in late 2010, the stadium was renovated in 2017 and its two new arches offer a much more modern architecture. It has already hosted numerous competitions, including the Asian Games, five 2019 Club World Cup matches, the final, and the Asian Cup.
In the city of Al-Khor, the Al-Bayt stadium (60,000 seats): was built about 50 kilometers north of Doha; this stadium is difficult to access for fans (only by bus or cab) and was built in the shape of a Bedouin tent. The opening match, on November 20, will oppose the host country to Ecuador (16:00 GMT).
In the city, Al-Wakrah, the Al-Janoub stadium (40,000 seats): the shapes of this stadium are inspired by the hulls of pearl fishing boats long present on the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula. The stadium was inaugurated when Al-Duhail defeated Al-Sadd in the final of the Emir’s Cup in 2019.
In the capital of Doha, the Education City stadium (40,000 seats): is very easy to access; its silhouette is shaped like a diamond. Like many stadiums, the stadium will see its capacity halved after the tournament.
Al Rayyan, Ahmed Ben Ali stadium (40,000 seats): a particular metro line has been created to connect Doha to this stadium located in one of the country’s most historic cities, not far from the desert.
Doha, Al-Thumama stadium (40,000 seats): its design is inspired by the “taqiyah”, the traditional headgear of men in the region. After the match, the stadium is expected to house a sports clinic and hotel.
Doha, stadium 974 (40,000 seats): This stadium was built from reused containers and other materials. It will be completely dismantled after the tournament.