Your Guide to the eight football stadiums hosting this year’s Qatari World Cup.

Your Guide to the eight football stadiums hosting this year’s Qatari World Cup.

Take a look at the 8 Stadiums being used for this year’s Qatari World Cup

These eight Stadiums will host the first world cup to take place in the months of November and December. Many of the stadiums have been purposely built for the tournament and have attracted much controversy in the build up to the Qatari world cup. The first world cup to be hosted in the middle east it is certainly set to be unique and exciting.

Lusail Iconic Stadium

Capacity 80,000

The Lusail Stadium will be the main stadium for the tournament. It is the largest of all the stadiums and features a cooling system that is designed to combat the local climate. The venue will draw power from solar panels outside of the stadium.

Al Bayt Stadium

Capacity 60,000

The Al Bayt stadium is the second largest for the tournament but you could say it is the largest tent in the world! Designed to mimic the tent designs used by nomadic people within the Gulf region. This stadium will host the opening game.

Education City Stadium

Capacity 54,320

The Education City stadium is apparently one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable stadiums with natural stadium cooling and future planning in place for the use of the stadium.

Stadium 974

Capacity 40,000

Stadium 974 is in reference to the number of shipping containers used in the stadium’s construction. Making for a unique visual statement the stadium will be able to be fully dismantled and re-used for other construction projects.

Khalifa International Stadium

Capacity 45,416

The Khalifa International stadium has undergone significant renovation for this world cup since its first opening in 1976.

Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium

Capacity 44,760

Inspired by the desert landscape. The dune-like structures feature as design elements elevating the stadium since when it was originally constructed in 2003.

Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity 40,000

Designed by a Qatari architect the shape is inspired by the traditional Taqiyah head cap worn by boys and men in the middle east.

Al Janoub Stadium

Capacity 40,000

Using wood and traditional materials the Al Janoub stadium is inspired by the shape of traditional pearl fishing boats. The roof which is intended to look like the sails of the boats is certainly impressive.