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

April 1st, 2022

A stadium designed like a hat, one made of shipping containers and one in a tent-like structure – the World Cup stadiums will certainly be different 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 event.

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.

Six of the stadiums will have about half their seats taken up afterwards (and sent to developing countries), while a seventh will be dismantled.

Only one will be the home ground for a football team afterwards.

Organisers say all the stadiums were built with environmental practices in mind, with all earning four or five stars from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). The initial budget to build the stadiums and training sites was £4.7bn.

All eight stadiums will be powered by a solar-panel farm and have detailed cooling systems, including outdoor air-conditioning in some.

But since Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010, the construction of stadiums has been one of a number of highly controversial elements of its preparations. Amnesty International has accused Qatar of “labour abuse and exploitation of its more than two million migrant workers” and says thousands have unexpectedly died.

And a recent Fifa report said infrastructure construction and operational elements would account for almost a quarter of the tournament’s carbon emissions. Qatar 2022 as a whole is projected to produce 3.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide – that is more than some countries’ total for a year and an increase from the 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 produced at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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

Lusail Stadium (2022)

Lusail

Organisers say the “design pays homage to the fanar lantern and traditional hand-crafted bowls and vessels used throughout the Middle East”

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).

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

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”.

It will become a community hub of schools, shops, health clinics and sporting facilities under the stadium’s roof. Remaining upper-tier seating will become part of outdoor terraces for new homes.

Al Bayt Stadium (2021)

Al Bayt

The shade provided by the tent structure and its retractable roof system complement the stadium’s cooling technologies, say organisers

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)

974

974 is the international dialling code for Qatar and the number of shipping containers used

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)

Khalifa

The Khalifa International Stadium is the only of the eight venues that existed before Qatar won the right to host the World Cup

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.


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