The awaited 16th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup™ kicks off today! Football fans will once again unite for the last major football event in Qatar this year. Aside from offering a glimpse of how the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be, this will also be a precedent for the next year's Club World Cup which will once again be hosted by Qatar. The tournament will be officially opened by a match between Al Sadd SC and Hienghene Sport.
So if you're planning to watch the matches, here's what you need to know regarding how to go to the stadiums and what to expect including the fan zones!
According to the Qatar Football Association, there will be dedicated car parks near the stadium.
For those coming from the Corniche, the southern car park is more accessible. From Jawaan Street, turn left at Al Waab intersection then turn right at the first exit.
If coming from the north of Doha using the Doha Expressway, turn right before Al Asiri intersection on Salwa Road.
The northern car park is best for fans coming for the west including the Al Rayyan area. Turn east on Al Waab Street and turn right before Jawaan intersection to access the car park.
If coming from Salwa Road, use the southern cark park. From the west, head north on Al Bustan Street and from the east, turn right before Al Bustan intersection.
From D Ring, turn left at Al Asiri intersection then turn right towards Al Waab to get to the car park.
The VIP entrance is at the west of the stadium. You can take Al Waab or Al Bustan. Media parking meanwhile is at the north of the stadium, via Al Waab.
The closest Metro station to Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium is the Al Sudan Station along the Metro Gold Line. From the station, the stadium is walking distance of about 7 minutes, according to Google Maps. According to Doha Metro, there will be access restrictions at the station because of the match.
Due to the 11th December match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, there will be access restrictions at Al Sudan station. Parking P57 will be available at the station. The drop off area will not be accessible. If you wish to drop off metro users please use alternative Metro stations
Note that if you are a FIFA Club World Cup match ticket holder, you are entitled to a free standard class day pass at the Doha Metro.
There will be a large tent set up for the security inspection process, according to Captain Mohammed Omar Al Shahwani, captain of Al Sadd Sports Stadium. To facilitate mass entry, there will be 64 passes. After passing the inspection tent, the spectators will enter Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at Al-Sadd Club through 7 gates where security personnel and volunteers will help them reach their seats in the stand and enjoy this great sporting event.
Security plans that comply with FIFA's security requirements have been put in place to secure the stadium from inside and outside and facilitate the entry and exit of the fans and players and maintain their security and safety.
Ashghal has reported on December 11 that Al Furousiya Street has been fully opened to further facilitate easy access to Khalifa International Stadium by providing a direct link to the stadium.
On this occasion, Eng. Saoud Al Tamimi, Manager of the Roads Projects Department at ‘Ashghal’ highlighted the pivotal role of Al Furousiya Street in linking several vital residential areas such as Muraikh, Al Rayyan Al Jadeed, Baaya, Muaither and Al Aziziya in addition to facilitating access to many public amenities and leisure destinations such as Aspire Zone Complex, Villaggio Mall and the Equestrian Club. It also provides connection to several hotels, commercial and service centers as well as educational facilities such as the University of Calgary and Aspire Academy.
There are plenty of parking spaces beside Khalifa International Stadium if you decide to get there by private vehicle. If you are doing so, better get there early, though!
Fans driving to Khalifa International Stadium for tomorrow’s #ClubWC matches should watch this video to familiarise themselves with the car park locations. #Doha #Qatar pic.twitter.com/2EbqfTThnc— Road to 2022 (@roadto2022) December 18, 2019
Take the Metro Gold Line and go down at the Sport City Station along the Metro Gold Line. The stadium is within walking distance.
If you're coming from the Red Line or Green Line, use the Msheireb station interchange to change to Gold Line. No need to tap out at Msheireb.
If you're using Careem to get to the stadiums, they are offering a 30% discount on 8 rides to & from Jassim Bin Hamad & Khalifa International Stadiums. Offer valid until December 21, 2019, and a maximum discount of QAR 5.
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According to FIFA, these are the allowed dimensions for the flags that spectators can carry inside the stadiums:
These are the list of items not allowed inside the stadiums:
Both venues will have their own Fan Entertainment Areas to welcome fans to the stadiums. There will be family-friendly activities, entertainment as well as a host of food and beverage options.
The timings are as follows:
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium
The FREE entry fan zone located at the Doha Sports Park is open for everyone. It is open every day from Monday 9 December to Saturday 21 December, from 2 pm to 12 am.
To get there, fans can easily take the Doha Metro and board the shuttle from Al Qassar Station to the Fan Zone.
Aside from international musical acts and performers who will be performing live in the venue, there will also be lots of food and beverage options. Matches scheduled at 20:30 will also be screened at the venue!
Find more details about the Fan Zone as well as the schedules in our FIFA Club World Cup Fan Zone guide.
In case you missed it, here's the schedule of matches from December 11 to 21, 2019.
To know more, click here to read our article, All You Need To Know About the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019!
(Sources: FIFA, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar News Agency)
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