With the excitement surrounding the 2022 World Cup now reaching a fever pitch, it’s no surprise that football fans all over the globe are getting right in the mood for the tournament in Qatar. Supporters are eagerly examining the betting World Cup market to try and pick their winner, before settling down on their sofas for a month of exciting on-field action.
One of the most interesting things about any World Cup is the stadiums, so let’s take a look at the eight grounds that will host matches in Qatar.
Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
The shining jewel in Qatar’s World Cup is the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which will play host to the final, as well as matches in every other stage of the competition.
With a capacity of 80,000 and an undulating bowl-like design, this ground is a true behemoth and will certainly provide a raucous atmosphere come to the showpiece match on December 20th.
Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
The second biggest stadium in Qatar for this World Cup is the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. With capacity for 60,00 fans, the design of the ground is based on tents used by nomads in the Gulf area.
The Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening match of the tournament between Qatar and Ecuador, as well as matches at every stage of the competition except the final.
Stadium 974, Doha
One of the more interesting grounds at the 2022 World Cup, Stadium 974 gets its name from the 974 shipping containers used in its construction. The stadium is fully demountable, and its various pieces will be dismantled after the tournament is over.
With a capacity of 40,000, Stadium 974 will play host to six group-stage matches and a round-of-16 tie.
Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
Another stadium beautifully designed, the Al Thumama Stadium somewhat resembles a wheel from an aerial perspective and can host 40,000 fans.
The ground will be the setting for six group stage matches, a last-16 tie, and one of the quarter-finals.
Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
The Khalifa International Stadium will be recognizable to football fans as the setting for the 2011 Asian Cup final, as well as the final of the 2019 Club World Cup.
With a capacity of just over 45,000, the Khalifa International will play host to six group stage matches, a last-16 tie and the tournament’s third-place play-off.
Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
With a shimmering exterior, the Education City Stadium is another hugely attractive venue for matches at the 2022 World Cup.
The 45,000-capacity arena will host six group matches, a round-of-16 match-up, and a quarter-final.
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Another ground coming in with a capacity of around 45,000, the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium features a squarer design than some of the other settings and has the potential to create a cacophonous atmosphere.
It will host its share of group games, as well as a last-16 match.
Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Last but not least, the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah is a feat of engineering, with its design based on the wind-filled sails of Qatar’s traditional dhow boats.
It’s arguably the most attractive ground at this World Cup and will be center stage when hosting six group games and a last-16 tie.