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FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadiums: How Many Stadiums Will Host The Matches?

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The FIFA World Cup is set to begin on November 20 later this year with Qatar hosting the famous competition for the first time in history. 32 of the best nations in the world will look to leave everything on the line in the Middle East in search of the biggest prize in football.

As mentioned earlier, the tournament will start on November 20, 2022, and will conclude on December 18, 2022, with the final set to take place at the Lusail Stadium which has a capacity of holding 80,000 spectators.

How Many Stadiums Will Host The World Cup Matches?

A total of eight venues will host all of the matches in this year’s FIFA World Cup. The Stadiums have been spread across Qatar which means that fans can expect to take a tour of the whole Middle East nation if they plan to stay for the duration of the competition.

Let’s take a look at the eight stadiums which will be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Al Bayt Stadium

The venue will host the opening game of the World Cup. It is located in Al Khor City, 35km north of central Doha, and has a capacity of 60,000 people.

The Al Bayt Stadium will be the home of five group-stage games (including the opening match), one Round of 16 match, one quarter-final game, and one semi-final contest in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The opening ceremony of the World Cup will happen inside this famous stadium on November 20.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

It is situated at Al Rayyan, 20km west of central Doha and can contain a total of 40,000 fans. The World Cup venue will host five group stage games and one Round of 16 clash.

Al Janoub Stadium

The World Cup Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 people and can be found in Al Wakrah, 2km east of central Doha. The Al Janoub Stadium will be the venue for five group stage matches and one Round of 16 contest.

Al Thumama Stadium

The stadium can hold up to 40,000 spectators and is situated 12km south of central Doha. The Al Thumama Stadium will entertain five group stage matches, one Round of 16 games, and one quarter-final contest of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Education City Stadium

The arena can play host to 40,000 supporters as well and is situated 13km northwest of central Doha. The Education City Stadium will be the home of five group stage clashes, one Round of 16 match, and one quarter-final contest of the World Cup.

 

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Khalifa International Stadium

The Khalifa International Stadium can accommodate up to 40,000 fans and is located in Al Rayyan, which can be found 5km west of central Doha. It will be the venue for five group games, one round of 16 contest,s and the third-place match as well in the World Cup.

Stadium 974

Stadium 974 can entertain 40,000 fans and is located in Ras Bu Abboud, which is 10km east of central Doha. The stadium will entertain five group matches and one Round of 16 clashes in the competition.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup final will take place in:

Lusail Stadium

The Lusail Stadium can hold up to 80,000 spectators and is situated in Lusail City, which is 20km north of central Doha. The Qatari arena will play host to five group games, one Round of 16 contest, one quarterfinal match, one semi-final clash as well as the 2022 World Cup final. It will also be the home for the 2022 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony on December 18.

Which Is The Smallest Stadium In This World Cup?

There are six stadiums in Qatar that have a capacity of 40,000 fans which makes them the smallest in the competition. These venues are Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, Khalifa Internation Stadium and Stadium 974.

Despite their relatively small size, all of the aforementioned venues will host the majority of the World Cup matches when the competition gets underway in Qatar come November.

Which Is The Largest Stadium In This World Cup?

The Lusail Stadium remains the largest venue in this year’s FIFA World Cup as it can entertain up to 80,000 fans. Hence, it is no surprise that the venue will host the World Cup final which will take place on December 18.

The arena is owned by the Qatar Football Association and was inaugurated on 9 September 2022 when the Lusail Super Cup game took place between Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal and Egypt’s Zamalek.

All eyes will be on this iconic stadium in Qatar when the tournament kicks off as it is scheduled to host a total of ten World Cup games, including the final. One of the 32 top nations participating in the tournament will be crowned the new world champions and will get the honor of lifting the World Cup inside the iconic venue.

The Lusail Stadium will also host the closing ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup this December.

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