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The stadiums for the 2022 World Cup – beautiful, modern and multifunctional: One will become a hospital, the second – a hotel, and the third is being completely dismantled

The first ever Winter World Cup starts in less than two months. The opening of the 2022 World Cup is scheduled for November 20!

There is almost no time left, and what we couldn’t believe is about to become a reality very soon – a world championship in the winter, and in one of the least footballing countries like Qatar.

Many non-governmental and human rights organizations have warned dozens of times that thousands of workers died during the construction of the stadiums, and tens of thousands more were held as slaves – stripped of their documents and made to sleep in inhumane conditions.

In any case, neither FIFA nor any other international organization did much and the stadiums are now completely ready, waiting for the matches that will be played in them.

A total of eight stadiums will host World Cup 2022 matches, seven of which were built specifically for the World Cup and the eighth was completely renovated.

Here’s what the arenas for Qatar 2022 look like, as well as which ones will host which matches:

“Al Bait” (Al Kor)

Open: 2020

Capacity: 60 thousand (32 thousand after the World Cup)

Host of: 6 matches from the group stage, round of 16, quarter-final and semi-final

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group A: Qatar v Ecuador, November 20 (World Cup opener)
  • Group F: Morocco v Croatia, November 23
  • Group C: England – USA, November 25
  • Group E: Spain – Germany, November 27
  • Group A: Netherlands – Qatar, November 29
  • Group E: Costa Rica – Germany, December 1

The architects of the stadium were inspired by Bedouin tents, which can be seen with the naked eye. The stadium is extremely “green”, having the highest rating for energy efficiency and minimal environmental pollution.

The arena symbolizes the transition between Qatar’s past and future. From the outside the stadium may look like a Bedouin tent, but inside it has all the extras a modern stadium can offer.

The stadium is demountable and after the World Cup its capacity will be halved. The top half will be disassembled and sent to a developing country to aid football.

“Lusail Iconic” (Lusail)

Open: 2021

Capacity: 80 thousand (20 thousand after the World Cup)

Host of: 6 group stage matches, round of 16, quarter final, semi final and final

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group C: Argentina v Saudi Arabia, November 22
  • Group G: Brazil v Serbia, November 24
  • Group C: Argentina – Mexico, November 26
  • Group H: Portugal – Uruguay, November 28
  • Group C: Saudi Arabia – Mexico, November 30
  • Group G: Cameroon v Brazil, December 2

Lusail is a new ultra-modern city that Qatar built especially for the World Cup 2022. It is located 20 km from Doha, and the “golden” stadium, which will host a total of ten matches, including the final, is built right in its center.

In Qatar, they understand very well that they do not need an 80,000-seat stadium, so after the World Cup, part of it will be dismantled and donated to charity around the world. The stadium will remain with a capacity of 20,000, and “Lusail Iconic” will become a multifunctional hub, where a school, hospital, shopping center, cafes and restaurants will be opened.

“Ahmed Bin Ali” (Al Rayyan)

Open: 2020

Capacity: 40 thousand (20 thousand after the World Cup)

Host of: 6 group stage matches and one round of 16

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group C: USA v Wales, November 21
  • Group F: Belgium v ​​Canada, November 23
  • Group C: Wales v Iran, 25 November
  • Group E: Japan – Costa Rica, November 27
  • Group C: Wales v England, November 29
  • Group F: Belgium v ​​Croatia, December 1

The stadium was designed by Pattern Design, the firm that designed Everton’s new stadium as well as the Etihad expansion in Manchester. Built by the American “AECOM”, which is building some of the arenas for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which is one of the most modern stadiums in the world.

After the 2022 World Cup, the capacity of “Ahmed Bin Ali” will be reduced by half, and Al Rayan’s team will continue to play its matches here – one of the most popular clubs in the country, for which James Rodríguez also kicked until recently.

“Al-Janub” (Al Waqra)

Open: 2019

Capacity: 40 thousand

Host of: 6 group stage matches and one round of 16

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group D: France v Australia, November 22
  • Group G: Switzerland v Cameroon, November 24
  • Group D: Tunisia v Australia, November 26
  • Group G: Cameroon v Serbia, November 28
  • Group D: Australia v Denmark, 30 November
  • Group H: Ghana v Uruguay Dec 2

Located in the city of Al Wakrah, on the coast of the Persian Gulf. In the beginning, the city has the fame of fishing, but now it is the second largest in Qatar. The design relates to the local livelihood, with the roof of the arena resembling the sails of traditional local fishing boats.

“Al-Tumama” (Doha)

Open: 2020

Capacity: 40 thousand (20 thousand after the World Cup)

Host of: 6 matches from the group stage, round of 16 and quarter final

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group A: Senegal v Netherlands, November 21
  • Group E: Spain v Costa Rica, November 23
  • Group A: Qatar – Senegal, November 25
  • Group F: Belgium v ​​Morocco, November 27
  • Group C: Iran – USA, November 29
  • Group F: Canada v Morocco, December 1

The inspiration behind the stadium’s architecture is the traditional hats worn in Qatar, and the name of the arena comes from that of a local tree. After the end of the 2022 World Cup, its capacity will be halved and a medical center and hotel will be built.

“Education City” (Al Rayyan)

Open: 2020

Capacity: 40 thousand (20 thousand after the World Cup)

Host of: 6 matches from the group stage, round of 16 and quarter final

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group D: Denmark v Tunisia, November 22
  • Group H: Uruguay – South Korea, November 24
  • Group C: Poland – Saudi Arabia, November 26
  • Group H: South Korea – Ghana, November 28
  • Group D: Tunisia – France, November 30
  • Group H: South Korea – Portugal, December 2

The name of the stadium indicates that it is located in the educational center of Qatar – several major universities are located there, as well as the headquarters of the State Foundation for Education and Sciences. Education City hosted matches from the last Club World Cup, which was won by Bayern Munich.

After the World Cup, its capacity will be halved and the dismantled part will be donated to developing countries.

“Khalifa International” (Doha)

Open: 1976 (reconstructed in 2017)

Capacity: 40 thousand

Host of: 6 matches from the group stage, the round of 16 and the match for third place

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group C: England – Iran, November 21
  • Group E: Germany – Japan, November 23
  • Group A: Netherlands – Ecuador, November 25
  • Group F: Croatia v Canada, November 27
  • Group A: Ecuador – Senegal, November 29
  • Group E: Japan – Spain, December 1

One of the oldest stadiums in Qatar, which nevertheless underwent reconstruction in 2017. The 2019 Club World Cup final was held here, which was won by Liverpool.

“974” (Doha)

Open: 2021

Capacity: 40 thousand (after the World Cup it will be completely dismantled)

Host of: 6 group stage matches and one round of 16

Group matches to be hosted:

  • Group C: Mexico – Poland, November 22
  • Group H: Portugal v Ghana, November 24
  • Group D: France v Denmark, November 26
  • Group G: Brazil v Switzerland, November 28
  • Group C: Poland – Argentina, November 30
  • Group G: Serbia – Switzerland, December 2

“974” is the first stadium in the world built from cargo containers. Its name comes from the international code of Qatar – +974, as well as the number of containers used to build it. After the stadium is dismantled, the containers will be used for shops, toilets, etc.

Part of the containers will be donated to countries in need.

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