The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is set to be an international football event like no other both on and off the field.
The sweltering heat in a new corner of the world for football combined with the unusual timing of the event itself means Qatar 2022 will break ground and make history next year.
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As has been the case since the tournament began in 1930, the World Cup has always been hosted in the summer. However, due to the outrageous heat in the Middle East during these months, the competition has had to be rescheduled for the winter time.
This means the World Cup next year will run from November 21st through to 18th December and take place in eight different venues across five host cities in Qatar.
The 40,000 capacity stadium, the Al Thumama Stadium, is one of three stadiums that is still under construction and one of seven that has been built specifically for this tournament.
This venue will also have a 540,000 sq ft public park that surrounds it, making it more of a central point for the competition.
The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will see 40,000 spectators for each game, as it sits on a waterfront site on an artificial promontory, and it will make history by being a stadium that is made using recycled shipping containers.
Although it will be an historic figure within the world of football, it has been announced that it will be dismantled following the 2022 World Cup.
The Lusail Iconic Stadium is another arena that has stunned viewers with its architectural beauty, and although still under construction, it is set to be opened towards the end of this year in preparation for next summer’s tournament.
Following the World Cup, it is expected to be reconfigured into a 20,000-seat stadium, with the other parts of the building repurposed as a community space with shops, cafés and education facilities.
The Al Bayt Stadium is one of the more recent stadiums that has been built, and in January 2020, the stadium received sustainability certificates of green design, construction management and energy efficiency.
The Al Janoub Stadium also opened up in 2014 and has been hosting huge games in Qatar already down the years and is one of the few that will remain after the tournament.
The Al-Rayyan Stadium will also be there, which is one of the few stadiums in the country that is a multi-purpose stadium.
It was built in 2003 and has a seating capacity of 21,282 ahead of the 2022 games and has already been used for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup.
Elsewhere, the popular Education City Stadium which hosted the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup will host a bunch of group games and knockout fixtures and it remains one of Qatar’s most famous stadiums due to its use for university athletic teams.
Finally, the Khalifa International Stadium will be on display too, and having opened in 1976, it is one of the more well-known and famous stadiums in the country.
The arena has regularly hosted the Asian Cup and FIFA games, and ahead of the 2022 World Cup, the long-standing stadium will be increased from 45,416 to 68,000.