World Cup 2022: A guide to the eight World Cup stadiums in Qatar

The 2022 Fifa World Cup draw takes place on Friday as the smallest nation to host the tournament gets ready for November and December’s events.

Eight stadiums are separated by roughly an hour’s drive and 43 miles at most. Seven of the eight venues have been built from scratch for the tournament, with the other one also extensively redeveloped. All eight stadiums will be powered by a solar-panel farm and have detailed cooling systems, including outdoor air-conditioning in some.

Here is what fans can expect from the stadiums when the tournament kicks off on 21 November.

Lusail Stadium (2022)

Most of the seats will be donated to developing countries as the city 'will not need its own football stadium' after 2022
The World Cup final, as well as other key fixtures, will be played here, given it can host the most fans out of all the stadiums

Capacity: 80,000

Games: 10, including the final

Location: Lusail, 15km north of Doha

This is the Qatar World Cup’s flagship stadium, which has only been opened this year (behind schedule).

At the end of the World Cup most of the seats will be removed because “Lusail will not need its own football stadium after 2022”.

Lusail will be at the centre of a new £33bn city of the same name which could be home to 200,000 people.

Al Bayt Stadium (2021)

Capacity: 60,000

Games: Eight, including the opening match

Location: Al Khor, 35km north of Doha

This stadium is covered by a huge tent-like structure and takes its name from the bayt al sha’ar tents used by nomadic people in the region. The tent and retractable roof will help cool the stadium.

The upper tier of seats will be removed after the World Cup (taking capacity to below 32,000) and given to developing nations. A five-star hotel and shopping centre will be opened in the stadium.

It is the furthest stadium from Doha, although still only a 40-minute drive away.

Stadium 974 (2021)

Capacity: 40,000

Games: Seven, up to last 16

Location: Doha

Even by Qatar 2022 standards, this is a remarkable stadium. It has been built from 974 shipping containers – hence the name – and modular steel. It was previously called Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.

At the end of the World Cup, it will be completely dismantled with the parts being used for other projects. The site will become a waterfront development.

Khalifa International Stadium (1976)

Capacity: 45,416

Games: Eight, including third-place play-off

Location: Doha

The only World Cup stadium that existed a few years ago is the Khalifa International Stadium, which was built in 1976 and extensively redeveloped in 2017.

It hosted the World Athletics Championships and Fifa Club World Cup final (which Liverpool won), both in 2019. The Khalifa is the only World Cup stadium not being partially or fully dismantled afterwards.

Education City Stadium (2020)

Capacity: 40,000

Games: Eight, up to quarter-final

Location: Al Rayyan, 7km west of Doha

The Education City Stadium is located in the middle of several Qatari universities in green space just outside Doha. It is known as the ‘Diamond in the Desert’ and has an advanced cooling system.

The facade’s diamond patterns appear to change colour as the sun moves across the sky. It hosted the 2021 Fifa Club World Cup final, and sees its capacity halved after the World Cup.

Al Thumama Stadium (2021)

Capacity: 40,000

Games: Eight, up to quarter-final

Location: 12km south of Doha

Another stadium where the capacity will drop to 20,000 once the World Cup is over, with a hotel and mosque opening.

Named after a native tree, its design is based on gahfiya, an Arabic hat.

Al Janoub Stadium (2019)

Capacity: 40,000

Games: Seven, up to last 16

Location: Al Wakrah, 18km south of Doha

The first new World Cup stadium to be completed, back in May 2019. It hosted the 2020 Asian Champions League final.

The design is based on the sails of dhow boats. The stadium has a cooling system so it can be used all year. Like most of the other stadiums, 20,000 seats will be removed afterwards.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Capacity: 40,000

Games: Seven, up to last 16

Location: Al Rayyan, 20km west of Doha

This stadium was built on the site of an old ground with the same name – with over 80% of the construction materials reused or recycled – including from the initial ground. It is located on the edge of the desert.

Its glowing facade is “comprised of patterns that characterise different aspects of the country”. It will host Al Rayyan Sports Club, with a 20,000 capacity, after the tournament.


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