Matches during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ will be played at six stadiums, with two venues set to be inaugurated during the tournament.
This is the first pan-Arab international tournament to be held under the FIFA umbrella and will involve the best 16 teams from the region.
The tournament is seen as a golden opportunity to test preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022™, which will take place in a similar timeslot next year.
The two venues to be unveiled during the event will be Al Bayt Stadium and Stadium 974. Both will be inaugurated on 30 November – the opening day of the tournament.
The FIFA Arab Cup™ will take place over 19 days, with the final taking place on 18 December. There will be 32 matches and fans will have the opportunity to attend more than one match per day – just like during the FIFA World Cup™.
Tickets for all matches are available here.
Here are more details about the six FIFA Arab Cup™ stadiums.
Designed to replicate a giant tent structure historically used by nomadic people in Qatar and the region, the stunning Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening match, where it will be inaugurated with a special opening ceremony. The venue, which will be the largest stadium used during the FIFA Arab Cup™, will also stage the final on 18 December.
Constructed using shipping containers and modular blocks, Stadium 974 will set a new standard in terms of sustainability for mega-event hosts. The venue will stage six matches during the FIFA Arab Cup™, including the first game of the tournament and the third-place play-off. It is the first fully-demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup™ history. After 2022, its parts will be repurposed into sporting facilities in Qatar and overseas.
Inaugurated during this year’s Amir Cup final, Al Thumama Stadium will host matches up to the semi-finals stage during the FIFA Arab Cup™. Its design is inspired by the ‘gahfiya’ – a traditional headpiece worn by men across the region. The 40,000-capacity stadium is the first FIFA World Cup™ venue to be designed by a Qatari architect – Ibrahim M. Jaidah.
Home to Al Rayyan Sports Club, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is located adjacent to the Mall of Qatar. It was inaugurated last year, when it hosted the 2020 Amir Cup final. The 40,000-capacity venue will host group stage matches during the FIFA Arab Cup™.
Surrounded by the region’s top universities, Education City Stadium will benefit the needs of students and faculty as part of its legacy plan. The venue will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage during the FIFA Arab Cup™. Earlier this year, the stadium hosted the FIFA Club World Cup™ final between Bayern Munich and Tigres UANL.
Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, Al Janoub Stadium’s façade was inspired by traditional dhow boats, which were traditionally used for pearl diving, a former cornerstone of the Qatari economy. Located in Al Wakrah, this architectural gem will host matches up to the quarter-finals stage during the FIFA Arab Cup™.
Source and cover image: SC Press Release
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