• Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Qatar 2022: Check out All the Eight Stadiums for the World Cup

Qatari officials have announced the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, as the country prepares to host the game for the first time. The tournament will be held at eight stadiums, one of which was designed by renowned British architect Zaha Hadid and the other by Foster + Partners, which is most known for designing Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California.

After the World Cup, six of the stadiums will have roughly half of their seats filled, a seventh will be dismantled, and the remaining stadium will be the only one used for a football team.

In this post, we will demonstrate and educate you on the Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums that will be used in the next event in November/December 2022.

Before the World Cup, here’s all you need to know about the eight venues.

Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums

1. Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

The Al-Rayyan Stadium, also known as the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. It is currently used primarily for football matches and is home to the Al-Rayyan Sports Club and the Al-Kharitiyath Sports Club.

In 2015, the former Ahmad bin Ali Stadium was dismantled, rebuilt, and is now one of eight stadiums being transformed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Ahmad bin Ali StadiumThe Al Rayyan Stadium, also known as Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Qatar. Because of its location on the border of the desert, Al Rayyan has traditionally prioritized environmental preservation, and this arena fits right in with the attitude of one of Qatar’s most historic cities.

Every aspect of the stadium district has been planned to be environmentally friendly. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) plans to remove nearly half of the stadium’s 40,000 modular seats when the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM is over and donate them to football development projects across the world.

Facts About Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

  • Official name: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
  • Opened: 18 December 2020
  • Capacity: 40,000

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

2. Al Bayt Stadium

Al-Bayt Stadium is a retractable roof football stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, that has been chosen as one of the eight venues for the 2022 World Cup.

With 60,000 seats, it is the second-largest stadium after Lusail Stadium. It was designed by Dar Al-Handasah.

Excess seats from the upper tier will be gifted to other countries or used to build infrastructure for the Asian Games in 2030. The empty space will be turned into a five-star hotel, a shopping mall, and other sports facilities.

Al Bayt Stadium; Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums
Al Bayt Stadium

The tent-like structure is made up of four stands, each with a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) woven fiberglass membrane covering the external walls and peaked roofs. To further reference the Nomadic people’s tents, the outer half of the PTFE membrane is colored in traditional black, white, and red colors. The stadium is enclosed by a retractable canopy that joins the four stands. The Guardian reported in 2020 that around 6500 migrant laborers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka perished in Qatar during the construction of World Cup venues between 2010 and 2020.

Facts About Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor City

  • Official Name: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor City
  • Opened: TBD
  • Capacity: 60,000

3. AL JANOUB STADIUM

Al-Wakrah Stadium, formerly Al-Janoub Stadium, is a retractable roof football stadium in Al-Wakrah, Qatar, that opened on May 16, 2019. After the refurbishment of Khalifa International Stadium, this is the second of eight stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This 40,000-seat stadium is located in Al Wakrah, 18 kilometers from Doha, and is part of a larger sports complex that includes cycling and horseback riding paths, shops, restaurants, and sports clubs.

The flowing design of the spectacular stadium’s facade, which was conceived in collaboration with world-famous Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and the firm AECOM, was motivated by the area’s relationship to the sea, having been formerly renowned as a pearling hamlet.

Al-Janoub Stadium: Qatar 2022 World Cup StadiumsThe stadium’s capacity will be lowered to 20,000 seats after the FIFA World Cup, ensuring an electrifying atmosphere for their Qatar Stars League fixtures.

Facts About Al-Janoub Stadium

  • Official name: Al Janoub Stadium
  • Opened: 2019
  • Capacity: 40,000

4. Al Thumama Stadium

The traditional qahfiya (the cap worn under the Ghutra and Egal) in the Arab culture inspired Al Thumama Stadium, which is a distinct Arab architectural symbol. Because it represents a cultural similarity among Arabs throughout the Arab world, this design was picked. As a result, it expresses the breadth of Arab civilisation as well as the Arab countries’ linked cultural-historical past.

The stadium is located in Doha’s southern suburbs, just minutes from Hamad International Airport, and has a capacity of at least 40,000 seats, which will be reduced to 20,000 seats and donated to underdeveloped countries after the event.

The construction work is being done by a joint venture between Qatar’s Al Jaber Engineering and Turkey’s Tekfen Construction. Ibrahim Jaidah, the Chief Architect of the Arab Engineering Bureau, designed the building. The classic taqiyah hat, a traditional cap worn by men and boys throughout the Middle East, is the inspiration for this design.

Al Thumama Stadium: Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums
Al Thumama Stadium

Half of the stadium’s seats will be removed after the World Cup and donated to other countries.

Facts About Al Thumama Stadium

  • Official name: Al Thumama Stadium
  • Opened: TBD
  • Capacity: 40,000

5. Education City Stadium

At Qatar’s worldwide hub of excellence, Education City, the new Education City Stadium is situated among many world-class university campuses.

The stadium, which is in the shape of a jagged diamond, can hold up to 40,000 people. It is easily accessible by car or subway for fans.

In keeping with Qatar National Vision 2030 and the goals of both Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar Foundation Stadium will be a symbol of innovation, sustainability, and progress for decades to come.

Education City Stadium: Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums
Education City Stadium

Despite having a 40,000-seat capacity for the FIFA World CupTM, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) wants to donate 20,000 seats stadium to developing-country.

Facts About Education City Stadium

  • Official name: Education City Stadium
  • Completed: 2020
  • Capacity: 40,000

6. Khalifa International Stadium

The Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, which has hosted the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup, the AFC Asian Cup, and five matches of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, including the Final between Liverpool and Flamengo, is Qatar’s most historic football arena.

Built in 1976, a new chapter in the stadium’s illustrious history was recorded in 2017 when it reopened following renovations and hosted the Emir Cup final, which was won by FIFA World CupTM champion Xavi’s Al-Sadd.

However, the ultra-modern makeover pays homage to the past, with the stadium’s iconic dual arches still sweeping the horizon.

Khalifa International Stadium: Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums

Khalifa International Stadium

The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is connected to the stadium by a walkway, contributing to the sense of how this facility honors its history while looking forward to a bright future.

Facts About Khalifa International Stadium

  • Official name: Khalifa International Stadium
  • Opened: 1976
  • Last renovated: 2017
  • Capacity: 45,416

7. Lusail Stadium

For a variety of reasons, the Lusail Stadium is expected to be a historic location. It will be the largest stadium in the Gulf by capacity, the centerpiece of a fresh new metropolis called Lusail City, and its legacy will see the stadium’s infrastructure converted into a communal space with schools, stores, cafés, sporting facilities, and health clinics after the global finals. After the finals, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) aims to remove and donate the majority of the stadium’s 80,000 seats to sporting projects across the world in order to disseminate the legacy of Qatar 2022 around the world.

The Lusail Stadium will undoubtedly offer a feast of football for fans from all around the world in 2022, with a design that references to beautiful themes on bowls seen throughout the Arab world.

Lusail Stadium: Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums

Lusail Stadium

Facts About Lusail Stadium

  • Official name: Lusail Stadium
  • Opened: 2021
  • Capacity: 80,000

8. Stadium 974 

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, formerly Stadium 974, is a football stadium in Ras Abu Aboud, Doha, Qatar. It is a temporary venue that will host matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup before being deconstructed. It opened on November 30, 2021.

The traditional qahfiya (the cap worn under the Ghutra and Egal) in the Arab culture inspired Al Thumama Stadium, which is a distinct Arab architectural symbol. Because it represents a cultural similarity among Arabs throughout the Arab world, this design was picked. As a result, it expresses the breadth of Arab civilisation as well as the Arab countries’ linked cultural-historical past.

The stadium, which has a capacity of at least 40,000 seats, is located in Doha’s southern suburbs, just minutes from Hamad International Airport.

Stadium 974 (Ras Abu Aboud Stadium): Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums
Stadium 974 (Ras Abu Aboud Stadium)

After the tournament, the stadium will be downsized to 20,000 seats and gifted to developing countries.

Facts About Stadium 974 (Ras Abu Aboud Stadium)

  • Official name: Stadium 974
  • Opened: 2021
  • Capacity: 40,000

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