Several World Cup venues have been constructed or renovated in Qatar to prepare for the 2022 tournament. They are spread out across five different cities: Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Riffa and Doha.
Al Rayyan Stadium is a multifunctional stadium in Qatar, located on the outskirts of Doha in the city of Al-Rayyan. It will be used to host seven matches during the 2022 World Cup. The stadium has a seating capacity of around 40,000. During the tournament, it will host one group match, a round of 16 match, and a quarter-final match. After the tournament, the stadium will be turned into a community space. It will also house Al-Rayyans Sport Club.
Al Bayt Stadium is the biggest stadium of the eight venues that will host 32 teams in the tournament. It will be used to host key matches during the World Cup. It is located in the Al Khor area of Qatar and has an average seating capacity of 60,000 to 62,000 spectators. The stadium will have advanced cooling systems and a retractable roof. The name Al Bayt refers to the dialing code of Qatar.
The Al Riffa Stadium is another venue that will be used during the World Cup. It is located on a ridge 10km south of Doha and is 15 minutes away from the Hamad International Airport. It will be used to host several matches during the tournament, including the opening match and two quarter-final matches. It is also the site of the third-place play-off. It has a seating capacity of 20,000.
Al Thumama Stadium is another venue that will be used during the World Cup. It is located on the outskirts of Doha and has a capacity of 40,000 spectators. It is a four-star certified stadium in terms of construction and design. It is also the only stadium in Qatar to be built on a promontory. Its facade is inspired by the traditional woven cap of Arab men. The stadium also features air conditioning vents, which maintain an optimal temperature inside the stadium. Its design has been awarded the Architectural Review Future Projects Award in 2019.
The Al Janoub Stadium is another venue that will be used during the 2022 World Cup. It is located in the Al Wakrah area of Qatar and has a seating capacity of 40,000. It was scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2018. It was delayed to the first quarter of 2019, but it will open in 2020. The stadium was designed by architect Dan Meis, who also had two stadium designs included in the initial bid book for the World Cup. The stadium is an oval-shaped venue that is futuristic in appearance. The stadium also features mechanical and mechanical cooling systems to keep the temperature inside the stadium at an ideal level. Its facade is patterned after a traditional bayt al sha’ar tent. It also features intricate geometric patterns that reflect local and international trade.