Ahead of the 2022 FiFA World Cup, the host nation, Qatar, has completed it’s first stadium five years before the tournament and it is air conditioned.
The 40,000 Khalifa International Stadium has been open since 1976 but has been extensively renovated for the major competition with cost about $122 million – having the pitch at a temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and the stands at 24-28 degrees year-round.
In a press release, the secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Hassan Al Thawadi, said: “The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone.
“It reflects our determination to deliver a tournament the entire Arab world is proud to be a part of.
“As we promised in our bid, our innovative stadiums offer an unrivalled experience to fans and players alike.
“I’m proud we can show these off to the world and welcome fans with the hospitality this World Cup will be remembered for.
The stadium will hold Qatar’s most prestigious domestic football tournament – the Emir Cup final – this Friday, and host World Cup matches up to the quarter-final stage.
The organising committee has also announced a first for a FIFA World Cup that could be a game changer for football fans.
Fans will be able to travel to and from the stadium on a dedicated metro line. Once the line is completed, the journey times between all stadiums for the World Cup will be below an hour.
It means Qatar 2022 will be the first World Cup where fans can see more than one live match per day.
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