Is everything set? Are the stadiums ready? And if so, how can they be accessed by both the home fans and the visiting fans?
First and foremost, football fans traveling to Qatar must have a Hayya Card. The fan ID will also enable the fans to move from stadium to stadium on match days and access free transport around the stadia.
The host nation has made various accommodations to ensure fans enjoy the matches and one key consideration in stadium design was temperature control. Due to high temperatures, stadiums and training facilities have been fitted with solar-powered cooling technology to maintain favorable temperatures.
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Here is what you need to know about all the eight venues that will host this year’s FIFA World Cup matches.
1. Lusail Stadium
The 80,000-capacity stadium is located about 20 kilometres away from Doha City and will host the opening fixture and the final. Other key matches to be played at this venue include four other Group matches aside from the opening match, one round of 16 match, one quarter-final and one semi-final match.
Its bowl-shaped architectural design is said to have been inspired by the form of various art pieces found in Arab nations.
2. Al Bayt Stadium
The 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium is located about 40 kilometres north of Doha City. It is divided into three tiers, with the top tier only operationalised for the World Cup, it will afterward be removed to revert the stadium to 32,000 capacity.
The stadium derives its name from bayt al sha’ar which refers to tents. The retractable stadium roof is also one of the intrigues of the facility.
Al Bayt will host five group matches, one round of 16 match, one quarter-final and one semi-final.
3. Education City Stadium
It is situated right inside the Qatar Foundation, in the city of Doha. The arena takes the shape of a diamond and will become the home of national women’s team after the world cup.
The stadium will host five group matches, one round of 16 match and one quarter-final match.
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