During the month-long FIFA World Cup, Qatar will host an estimated 1.5 million football fans. Qatar is home to two World Cup stadiums, which are expected to be among the most popular during the tournament. Although it is the smallest World Cup host in history, the country has managed to outspend its competition on infrastructure. While most stadiums are smaller than their predecessors, a few of the tournament’s venues were rebuilt or upgraded.
Al Jazira Stadium is situated on the north-east coast of Qatar. This stadium is designed in the form of a Bedouin tent. The interior of the stadium features geometric patterns that resemble the local flora and fauna. The stadium was renovated for the tournament and features a retractable roof. The stadium is also home to a hotel.
The Al Wakrah Stadium was constructed in 1976 and has been used for numerous football tournaments. It was also used for the final of the 2011 Asian Cup. It is also home to two Qatar Stars League football clubs. The stadium was rebuilt for the World Cup and will host eight World Cup games. The stadium was also renovated for the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup.
Al Rayyan stadium is located just to the west of Doha. It is home to one of Qatar’s most successful clubs. It also serves as a university campus. The stadium was renovated for the 2022 World Cup and received a four-star rating from the GSAS.
Lusail Stadium is the largest stadium in Qatar and has a capacity of 80,000. The stadium will be downsized after the World Cup, but will remain in use for the community. It will host three knockout games during the tournament and a final in December. The stadium is oval-shaped and has a different height around the circumference. The stadium has a striking gold exterior. The exterior features hand-crafted bowls from across the world.
Al Bayt Stadium was the first temporary structure built for a World Cup. It was constructed from 974 recycled shipping containers. It is based on the design of Qatar’s nomadic people. The stadium has a retractable roof and will host the first match between Qatar and Ecuador. It will also host the first quarter-final game between Spain and Germany. The stadium will also have a solar farm. The solar farm will feed the stadium’s air conditioning units and reduce energy loss. It will also allow the stadium to cool its atmosphere by up to 40 percent. The stadium will have a Dr Cool cooling system that feeds into large pitchside vents. It is powered by a solar farm located in the desert.
The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is located in the Education City area of Qatar. It is home to several university campuses. It was the venue for Australia’s memorable victory over Peru. It is also expected to become the home of the Qatar women’s team after the World Cup. The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000.