What can Football fans expect at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?Posted on: August 10, 2022
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a unique experience. For the first time in the tournament’s history, the World Cup takes place in November and December instead of June/July. It is also the first edition in the Middle East and just the second to be hosted in Asia (after 2002 in Korea/Japan).
So, what can Football fans attending the 2022 World Cup expect? Several things will be different in Qatar. From hot and humid conditions to laws on drinking alcohol and all stadiums being close to each other, this will be a World Cup where the fan experience is like no other.
At BetVictor, we have created a guide that answers fans’ questions about the 2022 World Cup.
Can fans drink alcohol at the World Cup?
Fans of England, Wales and other nations can drink alcohol at the Qatar World Cup. However, there are rules detailing when and where Football supporters can drink during the tournament.
Adults over 21 years old can purchase alcohol in Qatar from licensed hotels and bars. There is also a festival called the Arcadia Festival, open 19 hours per day (10 am – 5 am), where alcoholic drinks will be served, with beer also on sale at FIFA’s official Fan Festival. Liverpool fans who attended the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar paid £5 for a pint in the official fan zones and it is expected to be the same this summer.
If you are going to a match at the Qatar World Cup, you can buy alcoholic drinks around the stadium’s perimeter before kick-off and after full-time. Once inside the ground, you can only buy soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer.
Drinking alcohol in public places is prohibited, and it is deemed a criminal offence to be drunk in public in Qatar.
Football stadiums at the Qatar World Cup
Eight stadiums will host matches at the World Cup in Qatar. These stadiums are spread across five cities: Lusail, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah and Doha. Unlike previous World Cups, all grounds are close to each other – they are all within a 55km radius of Doha. That means that it is possible for fans to attend multiple games in one day.
The Lusail Iconic Stadium first opened in 1976 and will stage the most fixtures (10). Every other venue has been purpose-built for the 2022 World Cup, and all eight Football stadiums in Qatar have air conditioning.
|Lusail Iconic Stadium||80,000||Lusail||6x Group Stage 1x Round of 16 1x Quarter Final 1x Semi Final 1x Final|
|Al Bayt Stadium||60,000||Al Khor||6x Group Stage 1x Round of 16 1x Quarter Final 1x Semi Final|
|Ahmad bin Ali Stadium||44,740||Al Rayyan||6x Group Stage 1x Round of 16|
|Education City Stadium||45,350||Al Rayyan||6x Group Stage 1x Round of 16 1x Quarter Final|
|Khalifa International Stadium||40,000||Al Rayyan||6x Group Stage 1x Round of 16 1x Third Place Match|
|Al Janoub Stadium||40,000||Al Wakrah||6x Group Stage 1x Round of 16|
|Al Thumama Stadium||40,000||Doha||6x Group Stage 1x Round of 16 1x Quarter Final|
|Stadium 974||40,000||Doha||5x Group Stage 1x Round of 16|
England kick off their World Cup campaign against Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium. They then travel to the Al Bayt Stadium to face the USA before finishing the group phase against Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. All three Wales games are at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. Bet on World Cup matches involving both nations on our Sportsbook and football betting.
Qatar World Cup Temperatures
Average temperatures in Qatar during November and December – when the tournament is played – are between 21 and 26 degrees. So, it is going to be hot. It is also expected to be very humid, with an average humidity of 71% in Qatar in December.
The good news is that those temperatures are significantly lower than in June and July when the World Cup usually takes place. And with all stadiums fitted with brand new air conditioning systems, temperatures can be controlled inside grounds to be cooler and more comfortable for fans and players alike.
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