2021 in review: All Stadiums are Ready to Host FIFA World Cup 2022

2021 in review: All Stadiums are Ready to Host FIFA World Cup 2022

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By Qatar Living

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy recently announced that all eight tournament venues are complete and are ready to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup. With the event less than a year away, the country has started to buzz with excitement already and projects related to the World Cup are coming to a finish so that the country can host the incoming tourists.

FIFA Arab Cup recently used six of the stadiums for the matches in November and December, whereas seven venues have been inaugurated already, according to the Supreme Committee 
 
As part of our year in review series, we look at the progress delivered in relation to all tournament venues ahead of the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.

Khalifa International Stadium
Capacity: 40,000
Qatar 2022: Eight matches up to the third-place play-off
The first Qatar 2022 stadium to be inaugurated after an extensive redevelopment, Khalifa International hosted a string of important matches in 2021. In June, it was one of two venues to host the FIFA Arab Cup qualifiers. It also hosted five matches during the third round of Asian zone qualifying for the World Cup in September and October, in addition to games in the Qatar Stars League.

Al Janoub Stadium
Capacity: 40,000
Qatar 2022: Seven matches up to round of 16 stage

After staging key matches in last year’s AFC Champions League, Al Janoub was back in the spotlight in November and December when it hosted six games during the FIFA Arab Cup, including the exciting quarter-final clash between Egypt and Jordan, which the Pharaohs won 3-1 after extra time.

Education City Stadium
Capacity: 40,000
Qatar 2022: Eight matches up to quarter-finals stage
 
It has been a very busy year for Education City. The venue hosted matches during the FIFA Club World Cup in February, including the final between Bayern Munich and Mexican side Tigres. This was followed by five matches during the FIFA Arab Cup, including Qatar’s victory over Oman in the group stage and Tunisia’s victory over Oman in the quarter-finals.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Capacity: 40,000
Qatar 2022: Seven matches up to round of 16 stage

Ahmad Bin Ali hosted two FIFA tournaments in 2021. In February, the venue hosted FIFA Club World Cup matches, including Bayern Munich’s semi-final victory against Al Ahly. This was followed by group stage matches during the FIFA Arab Cup, including games involving Algeria, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia.  

Al Thumama Stadium          
Capacity: 40,000
Qatar 2022: Eight matches up to quarter-finals stage
 
Al Thumama was inaugurated in October when it hosted the Amir Cup final and went on to play an important role during the FIFA Arab Cup by hosting six matches up to the semi-finals stage, including a thrilling semi-final clash between Qatar and Algeria, which the North Africans won 2-1. Another memorable clash at Al Thumama was the exciting FIFA Arab Cup quarter-final between Algeria and Morocco. After the match finished 2-2 after extra time, the Algerians won 5-3 on penalties to advance to the last four.

Al Bayt Stadium      
Capacity: 60,000
Qatar 2022: Nine matches up to semi-finals stage

One of the highlights of the FIFA Arab Cup was the inauguration of Al Bayt Stadium. The spectacular venue was unveiled during a memorable opening ceremony before Qatar defeated Bahrain in their opening group match. In the quarter-finals, Al Bayt hosted 63,439 fans – a record attendance for a sporting event in Qatar – as the host nation beat the United Arab Emirates. It also hosted a dramatic final on 18 December – Qatar National Day – as Algeria claimed the FIFA Arab Cup title after defeating North African rivals Tunisia 2-0 after extra time.

Stadium 974
Capacity: 40,000
Qatar 2022: Seven matches up to round of 16 stage

 Stadium 974 hosted its first matches during the FIFA Arab Cup. Made from shipping containers, it is the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup history. Following a digital inauguration, the venue hosted six matches during the FIFA Arab Cup, including the all-North African semi-final clash between Tunisia and Egypt. It also staged the third-place play-off on the final day of the tournament, as hosts Qatar defeated Egypt 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after 0-0 extra-time draw to claim third.

Lusail Stadium
Capacity: 80,000
Qatar 2022: Ten matches, including the final
In 2021, Main works were completed at Qatar’s largest tournament stadium a year before the FIFA World Cup. The striking venue will be inaugurated in early 2022 and feature prominently during the World Cup, when it will host matches during every stage of the tournament, including the final on 18 December 2022.

 

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