During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, seven brand new stadiums will be built in Qatar. Each will have a capacity of 20,000 to 25,000 seats and will be built in a modular format. The stadiums will be designed to suit the history and cultural identity of Qatar. These new stadiums also feature shading and cooling technologies that will help keep fans comfortable during the tournament.
The Khalifa International Stadium will serve as the home stadium for the Qatar national soccer team during the tournament. It will also be used for Round of 16 and third place matches. This stadium was built in 1976 and was remodeled for the tournament. Its design is reminiscent of a woven taqiyah cap. This stadium is located near the Sports City Metro station and was renovated in 2017.
The Al-Rayyan stadium is situated in Al-Rayyan, which is just to the west of Doha. It was originally a fishing village and was redeveloped into a large urban center. It is also the home stadium of one of Qatar’s most successful clubs, Al Wakrah. The stadium’s facade features traditional patterns inspired by the region. It has a capacity of forty thousand spectators. It has undergone renovations for the World Cup.
The Al Bayt Stadium is located in Al Khor, about 50 kilometers from Doha. It will host the opening ceremony of the tournament and the tournament opener. It will also host nine matches. It will be converted into a hotel after the tournament. It will also include a food court, gym, and an event hall. Its design is reminiscent of nomadic tents in the region. It features a retractable roof. The stadium was built over three years and cost $847 million.
The Al Janoub Stadium will be the host of seven matches in the World Cup. The stadium will have gyms, a school, and cycling and running tracks. It was built in Qatar and has been extensively renovated. It was previously condemned by human rights groups for its design and construction. It is a unique stadium. It was built in a modular format that allows it to be dismantled and reassembled in a different location. It is also named after the international dialing code 974. It will be fully dismountable after the tournament.
The Lusail Stadium is the largest venue in Qatar, with a capacity of 80,000 seats. The stadium is located nine miles north of Doha. It will be used for most matches. It has a PTFE roof that allows for sun and wind protection. It is also constructed with a steel frame. Its interior space may be used for clinics, retail stores, and affordable housing.
The Al Thumama Stadium is located south of Doha. It will host a semi-final match. Its design is inspired by traditional Arab designs. Its facade resembles a taqiyah cap, a type of hat worn by men in the Middle East. It also features an overlook of the Gulf Coast. The stadium is located near the Hamad International Airport.