The Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums

The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is scheduled for late November until mid-December of 2022 and is hosted by Qatar.This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim majority country also the it will be the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea.

FIFA have had strict stadium guideline requirements since at least 2001.Stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000, stadiums hosting quarter-finals must have a minimum of 60,000 and those hosting the opening ceremony or final must have a capacity of at least 80,000.

The following are the proposed stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar:


1.Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International stadium was founded and opened on the 3rd of March, 1976 before renovated in 2005 and also 2014-2017 because it’s one of the centres of the 2022 World Cup.The stadium is also known as the National Stadium is a multipurpose stadium and is located at Doha, Qatar as part of the Doha Sports City Complex.It was named after their former Emir Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani and currently has a capacity of 40,000.

The stadium is also the first completed venue that will host a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is the home ground of Qatar National team.The stadium have hosted other sports events in the past which includes, the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup, the 2006 Asian Games, the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Group A matches, the Quarter Final, Semi-final, and the Final, the 2011 Pan Arab Games, the 2019 World Championships in Athletics, the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup and was the host for five games at the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, including the final.In 2017.It received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating.


2.Al-Gharafa Stadium

Al-Gharafa stadium was constructed from 2001-2002, was then opened for use in 2003.The stadium is also known as the Thani bin Jassim Stadium, it is a multipurpose stadium located in the Al Gharrafa district of Al Rayyan, Qatar.It is currently used mostly for Football matches and it’s the home ground of Al-Gharrafa SC and Umm Salal SC.

It has a capacity of 21,175 but it’s under construction in order to meet World Cup standard.The stadium hosted some games in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup and have also hosted some other international competitions


3.Al-Rayyan Stadium

Al-Rayyan Stadium is also known as Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, it’s a multi-purpose stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar and is the home ground of Al-Rayyan Sports Club and Al-Kharitiyath Sports Club. The stadium, built in 2003, had a seating capacity of 21, has started undergoing renovation.

A new stadium will be built in the place of Ahmed bin Ali Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which Qatar will host.The renovation includes a huge ‘media facade’ with a membrane that will act as a screen for projections, news, commercials, sports updates, current tournament information and matches. Seating capacity will be increased to 44,740, and all seats will be shaded.


4.Al Janoub Stadium

Al Janoub Stadium was formerly known as Al Wakrah Stadium and it is a football stadium located at Al-Wakrah, Qatar, inaugurated on 16 May 2019. This is the second completed stadium among the eight stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, after the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium.The design of the stadium was inspired by the sails of traditional Dhow boats which was used by pearl divers from the region, weaving through currents of the Persian Gulf.The exterior and curvilinear roof gives reference to the Al Wakrah’s history of seafaring and also gives the spectators the feeling of being on a ship.

The Stadium is the official ground of Al-Wakrah SC and where all their home games in the Qatar Stars League will be played.The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 and is expected to decrease in half to 20,000 after the 2022 World Cup


5.Umm Salal Stadium

The Umm Salal Stadium is a part of the proposed football stadium which will be built in Umm Salal, Qatar. The Stadium is being designed by Albert Speer & Partner GmbH.The Umm Salal Stadium would be capable of holding 45,120 fans and it has a conceptual design which is based on the traditional Arabian forts.However, after the World Cup, the capacity will decrease to 25,000 seats and the stadium itself will serve as the home to Umm Salal FC.

The stadium is planned to host some group stage matches,some games in the round of 16, and quarter final matches of 2022 World Cup.


6.Lusail Iconic Stadium

Lusail Iconic Stadium or Lusail National Stadium is a stadium under construction in Lusail, Qatar. The Construction of the stadium officially began on 11 April, 2017 and its final design was unveiled in December 2018.

The design includes an almost circular base and will be surrounded by a moat and be connected to the car park by six bridges.The stadium has a near-circular footprint and sits on the masterplan’s primary axis, which divides the stadium precinct into two halves. Encircled by a reflective pool of water, spectators cross the moat to enter the building via six bridges.The new facility is scheduled to host the opening match and final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.Lusail Iconic Stadium is planned to have a seating capacity of 80,000 and would be the home ground of the Qatar National team after the FIFA 2022 World Cup.


7.Education City Stadium

Education City Stadium is a football stadium under construction which is being built in Al Rayyan, Qatar, in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.The 45,350-seat is to be located in the midst of several university campuses at the Qatar Foundation’s Education City.Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond, glittering by day and glowing by night.It should be easily accessible for fans both in Qatar and in neighboring Bahrain, which will be only 51 minutes away from the stadium by high-speed rail.

20 percent of its building materials identified as green, the stadium is among the world’s most environmentally sustainable stadiums. In May 2019, Education City Stadium received five-star GSAS rating.The stadium was officially completed in June 2020 ahead of the 2022 World Cup.


8.Sports City Stadium

Sports City Stadium is a proposed football stadium which will be built in Doha, Qatar.It would hold 49,000 seats and its construction costs $1.6 billion.The large structured stadium is planned to also have a business centre, an amphitheatre, a sport museum, a cultural centre, a luxurious hotel, a mall in the sky, a water park and a convention centre.The design of the stadium was inspired from the Bedouin tents and the roof is partially retractable.The Sport City Stadium would be the only stadium that would retain its seating capacity after the completion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The energy to power of the building is sun-generated on the roof. A complex cooling system is planned for the stadium’s spectators and players. The building is zero-carbon emissions proof.The stadium will host group matches, and the 3rd place playoff.

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