Game venue

Stade Lusail, venue for the FIFA World Cup final

December 18, 2022 is a date that generates contrasts for the vast majority of football lovers. On the one hand, it is the day when the new Fifa king will be known and this always invites us to wish that he arrives. On the other hand, it marks the end of Qatar 2022and the start of another long wait until Canada-Mexico-USA 2026. One of the main protagonists of this day will undoubtedly be the Lusail Stadium.

There can be speculation about which national teams will have the character, the talent and the chance to qualify for the Qatar 2022 final, but the one element that cannot be missed is the stadium built specifically for Qatar’s flagship tournament. Fifa.

Thus, Lusail Stadium will go down in history as the palace where the 2022 Qatar champion will be crowned, and it will also join the list of venues that have hosted a World Cup final, where the already legendary Luzhniki, Stade de France, Wembley, Estadio Azteca, Maracana, Rose Bowlamong other great temples of world football, await it.

The Lusail Stadium, jewel of a brand new city

It was in 2005 when it was announced that a new city would be built in Qatar, something rare in the world today. This new space would give foreigners the ability to own property in the land, a situation not possible before Lusail was conceived. That’s how this 15 square mile space came to be.

In 2018, 13 years after its conceptual birth, the Qatari government announced that Lusail had already built 80% of its basic infrastructure. The big project is that 250,000 people will be able to live there distributed in the 19 districts that make it up and enjoy all the amenities it has, such as luxury islands, a precious quay, commercial boulevards, green spaces and its majestic football stadium. .

The location of the Qatar 2022 Lusail stadium

Near the coast and West Bay Lagoon in Al Daayen Municipality, Lusail Stadium stands out as the largest and largest stadium to be used for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. After Al Thumama, this stadium is the closest to Hamad International Airport and downtown Doha, just 16 kilometers away.

For those who are lucky enough to attend Qatar 2022, getting to Lusail Stadium will be a very simple task, as they only need to take the renovated Doha Metro and get off at Lusail Metro Stadium station, which is located ten minutes walk from this stadium. new temple of world football. It will also be possible to access it by car thanks to the access roads built for this purpose, such as the coastal road of Al-Khor.

Lusail Stadium capacity and other features

To be on the list of world football giants that have hosted a World Cup final, the Lusail stadium had to be able to accommodate as many supporters as possible. With this in mind, it has been built to offer a capacity of up to 80,000 people, the same capacity that will surely be full on December 18 for the decisive game of Qatar 2022.

Its construction began in April 2017 and is estimated at around $767 million. The inauguration ceremony has not yet been announced, although it is a fact that the site is ready to host football matches, as its project manager Tamim El Abed told Al-Araby Al- Jadeed, shared it with the media.

The design of the Lusail stadium is hypnotic and inspired by the play of shadow and light of an Arabian lantern. Its facade is spectacular because it evokes vases and other pieces found in the Islamic world. Its saddle-shaped roof is fully retractable, and provides pleasant shade for spectators.

Seen in profile, the Lusail Stadium resembles one of the traditional Arabian sailing ships called Dhow with a triangular shape. This blends perfectly with the swimming pool that surrounds it and which must be crossed, using one of the 6 different bridges along its perimeter, in order to enter it.

Like the rest of the stadiums for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the Lusail Stadium has a solar-powered cooling system, which significantly reduces its environmental impact, it is a venue with zero carbon footprint and responsible water management that saves up to 40% in the use of this precious non-renewable natural resource.

What will happen to Lusail Stadium at the end of the 2022 World Cup?

One of the flags of Qatar 2022 is sustainability. In accordance with this value, many of its stadiums will be partially or completely dismantled. This is the case of the Lusail stadium, which will see its capacity reduced by half, i.e. 40,000 people.

Thus, the area of ​​the stadium which will be dismantled will be converted into open spaces, such as cafes, department stores, sports complexes, schools and a health clinic which will contribute to the well-being and leisure of the more than 200,000 people. who will live in Lusail.

Qatar 2022 World Cup matches to be played at Lusail Stadium

No other Qatar 2022 venue will host more matches than Lusail Stadium. A total of 10 FIFA World Cup matches will take place at this magnificent stadium. Six of them belong to the group stage and four to the knockout stage, where he will have the honor of hosting a match from each of his rounds, from the round of 16 to the legendary grand final.

-November 22, Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Group C)
-November 24, Brazil vs Serbia (group D)
-November 26, Argentina vs Mexico (group C)
-November 28, Portugal v Uruguay (group H)
-November 30, Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Group C)
-2 December, Cameroon vs Brazil (group G)
-December 6, Group H 1st vs. Group G 2nd, Round of 16
-December 9, Quarter-final match
-December 13, Semi-final match
-18 December, Final game