The fourth edition of the FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar in 2022. The Al Bayt Stadium is set to be one of the stadiums that will host matches of the tournament. Qatar is halfway through constructing five new stadiums, including the Al Bayt Stadium, which is set to become a part of its football legacy after hosting the tournament. With just two years left before its official inauguration, let’s have a look at some interesting facts about this stadium and its construction.
What is the name of the stadium?
The Al Bayt Stadium was one of the first stadiums to be built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It was previously known as Qatar SC Stadium, but the name was soon changed to Al Bayt Stadium. Al Bayt is the Arabic word for ‘House’, and it refers to the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Interestingly, the name was used as a tribute to the huge investment from the State of Qatar.
Who will use Al Bayt Stadium?
As per the stadium’s official website, the Al Bayt Stadium is the home of Qatar SC’s football team. It will host the home matches of the team during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The stadium can accommodate a maximum of 25,000 people, including VIP guests, media, and players. As per FIFA regulation, the stadium will have a reduced capacity of 20,000 people during the tournament.
Why was Al Bayt Stadium built?
The Al Bayt Stadium was one of the first five stadiums to be built in Qatar as part of the preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It is a multi-purpose stadium and can host both football and cricket matches. However, the stadium is primarily built as a football stadium. The stadium is also a part of Qatar’s plan to transform Doha into a sports city. QTA (Qatar’s sports governing body) has set a goal to create a sports culture in the country by making Doha the ‘sports capital of the world.
How much did it cost to build?
The total cost of building the Al Bayt Stadium was $90 million. The construction of the stadium was completed in January 2018. The stadium was built with a modern design and can host various sports events in the future as well. It can host 25,000 spectators, and all the seats in the stadium are covered. The stadium also features all the latest technology to provide an enhanced experience to the spectators.
Key features of the stadium:
- Climate-controlled roof: The roof of the stadium is fully climate-controlled and can be shut or opened within 8-10 minutes. It will provide shelter to the spectators during the rainy season.
- Skywalk: The Skywalk is a combination of a staircase and a ramp that will connect the upper and lower levels of the stadium.
- Artificial turf: The stadium has artificial turf. However, FIFA has barred it from hosting any international matches during the tournament.
- Player tunnel: The Al Bayt stadium has a Player Tunnel and a Function Room that will be used by the team during the match and for their preparations.
The opening match and its key feature
The Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The match will be played between Qatar and the World Cup champions, Germany. The stadium has a retractable pitch that can be lowered to just one meter below ground level during Qatar’s hot summers.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadiums in Qatar – Status and Facts!
The Al Bayt Stadium is one of the five stadiums that are currently being built in Qatar as a part of the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The other stadiums that are under construction include Lusail Stadium, Al-Wakrah Stadium, Al-Rayyan Stadium, and Al-Khalid Stadium. The construction of the stadiums is expected to be completed by 2022. All the stadiums will have a capacity to accommodate at least 40,000 spectators. These stadiums will be used to host the matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Al Bayt Stadium is the first stadium that was built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It will host the opening match of the tournament between Qatar and Germany. The stadium has a retractable pitch, a climate-controlled roof, and a skywalk. The stadium was named after the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, as a tribute to the investment from the State of Qatar. Al-Bayt Stadium is one of the most important sporting venues in Libya and hosting international events at the stadium will showcase the country's ability to host high-level sporting events. The stadium upgrade project was expected to be completed in 12 months and would cost $20 million. The project was funded by the Libyan Football Federation and some of the money will come from the sale of television rights and sponsorships.