2022 World Cup opening at Al Bayt Stadium


Qatar World Cup Al Bayt Stadium - July 2020 Image: SC 2022

The breathtaking Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar will be the fulcrum of activity as the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will kick off from the facility on November 21, 2022 at 1 pm local time (11:00 CET).

The announcement in this regard was made by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) on Wednesday that Al Bayt Stadium will be the stage for hosts Qatar to start the sporting spectacle.

Established in 2011 by the State of Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is responsible for the delivery of the required infrastructure and host country planning and operations for Qatar to host an amazing and historic 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

The stupendous Al Bayt Stadium, which can sit 60,000 fans, derive its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic people in the Gulf region.

Heimo Schirgi, Director, Operations & Special Events, FIFA, will be one of the Speakers at the Coliseum Summit EUROPE to be held at Ascot Racecourse.

The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 6pm and 10pm.

Khalifa International Stadium will be the center of action for the play-off for third place on December 17.

The final of the sporting showpiece will kick off on December 18 at 6pm at Lusail Stadium in front of a humongous crowd – 80,000.

The opening match on November 21 will begin a group stage that will feature four matches a day for 12 days, spread over eight stadiums around Qatar.

Ticket sales for the general public will be conducted solely via FIFA.com/tickets where details on the timeline, phases, categories and prices will be communicated in due course. Hospitality sales are scheduled to start in the latter half of 2020.

The iconic image of FIFA World Cup™ champions France lifting the trophy at Luzhniki Stadium (in Russia) is etched in the memory of every hardcore football fan.

Exactly two years after that historic occasion on July 15, 2018, the unveiling of the match schedule for the next edition invites the soccer-crazy fans to dream of a new beginning, one that now has a precise time and place to start, the SC noted.

The group stage will last 12 days and, with four matches per day, so as to allow all teams enough rest between their matches. Fans are promised whole lot of adrenaline rush activities and the schedule is exciting too.

The compact nature of the tournament with no air travel needed to move between the venues will allow organizers, for the first time, to optimize specific match demands for the benefit and comfort of fans, teams and media.

This will be achieved through the assignment of the group fixtures for each match day to a stadium and kick-off time only after the final draw, currently planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.

Once the pairings are known, further discussions will be held on the possibility of providing more beneficial kick-off time for the living room audience, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to stadium allocation.

That additional flexibility is possible without affecting any technical aspects since all stadiums are located within a compact radius and the climate sits perfect in November in Qatar, whether it is an early or a late kick-off.

On top of that, this will potentially give fans the opportunity to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.

Last month, the third match-ready, Education City Stadium in Qatar was officially unveiled.

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