Al Bayt Stadium

The Al Bayt Stadium’s design is inspired by the Bayt al sha’ar tent of the nomadic people who have lived in and around Qatar’s deserts for millennia

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Taking the overall form of a massive nomadic tent pitched in the Qatar desert landscape, the Al Bayt Stadium is yet another major stadium to be inaugurated ready for the upcoming FIFA World Cup soccer tournament being held in the country next year.

The Al Bayt Stadium, designed by Dar Al-Handasah, is located in the city of Al Khor, in northern Qatar. It’s one of the World Cup’s main stadiums, has a total capacity of 60,000, and will be used to host the opening game, as well as subsequent matches up to the semi-finals.

The stadium’s design is inspired by the Bayt al sha’ar tent used by the nomadic people who have lived in and around Qatar’s deserts for millennia, says the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, which is the body in charge of delivering the World Cup.

Its tent-like appearance comes from the use of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) on its exterior, which covers a structural steel framework. The building is topped by a retractable roof, which can be open or closed as required, to help mitigate the local heat.

The Al Bayt Stadium has a total capacity of 60,000 people

The Al Bayt Stadium has a total capacity of 60,000 people
Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

“Traditionally, the tents of nomadic tribes and families in Qatar could be identified by black stripes like those on the arena’s distinctive exterior, and by the vibrant side patterns that will greet fans once inside the stadium,” explains the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. “Visitors to Qatar get a taste of traditional design from the region, while local fans are reminded of their proud heritage. As well as being incredibly eye-catching, the tent design is deeply practical. The shade provided by the tent structure and its retractable roof system complements the stadium’s cooling technologies, helping maintain a comfortable temperature inside without using any extra power.”

Once the World Cup comes to a close, half of the stadium’s seats will be removed and reused in other sporting facilities in Qatar and elsewhere. An upper area of the stadium will be turned into a 5-star hotel, while a shopping center, food court, gym and multipurpose hall are also planned to be incorporated into the main stadium building. Additionally, the stadium complex will include a sports medicine hospital, a park, running and cycling tracks, play areas, coffee shops, and restaurants.

The project follows other recent stadiums that have been inaugurated in Qatar ready for the 2022 World Cup, including the Al Thumama Stadium and the 974 Stadium.

The fervor for the FIFA World Cup is at its peak. And it’s not just Qatar 2022 that is being talked about recently, with the 32 national teams that will compete in it already announced. The conversation also includes the 2026 edition, whose 16 venues have been announced.

The joy generated by a FIFA World Cup is something that is shared. That is why every venue and every stadium that has the opportunity to host one or more matches of this tournament will have an indelible mark, which will give it a prestige that it did not have before.

Thus, the history and glory of each and every edition of the FIFA World Cup, soccer’s most prestigious tournament, has been spread throughout every venue and stadium. This is where the question arises: which have been the most generous editions so far? That is, those that have had the most host cities and stadiums? We will find out in the following lines.

Group A schedule (all kick-off times ET)

November, 21: Qatar vs Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 11 am
November, 21: Senegal vs the Netherlands – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5 am
November, 25: Qatar vs Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 8 am
November, 25: Netherlands vs Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 11 am
November, 29: Netherlands vs Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 10 am
November, 29: Ecuador vs Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10 am

Group B schedule

November, 21: England vs Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8 am
November, 21: USA vs Wales- Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2 pm
November, 25: England vs the USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2 pm
November, 25: Wales vs Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 5 am
November, 29: Wales vs England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2 pm
November, 29: Iran vs  USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 2 pm

Group C schedule

November, 22: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 5am
November, 22: Mexico vs Poland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11 am
November, 26: Argentina vs Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
November, 26: Poland vs Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8am
November, 30: Poland vs Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm
November, 30: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Group D schedule

November, 22: France vs Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 2pm
November, 22: Denmark vs Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8am
November, 26: France vs Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
November, 26: Tunisia vs Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 5am
November, 30: Tunisia vs France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
November, 30: Australia vs Denmark – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Group E schedule

November, 23: Spain vs Costa Rica- Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 11am
November, 23: Germany vs Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8am
November, 27: Spain vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm
November, 27: Japan vs Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 5am
December, 1: Japan vs Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
December, 1: Costa Rica vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Group F schedule

November, 23: Belgium vs Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
November, 23: Morocco vs Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
November, 27: Belgium vs Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 8am
November, 27: Croatia vs Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 11am
December, 1: Croatia vs Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
December, 1: Canada vs Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 10am

Group G schedule

November, 24: Brazil vs Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
November, 24: Switzerland vs Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 5am
November, 28: Brazil vs Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
November, 28: Cameroon vs Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 5am
December, 2: Cameroon vs Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
December, 2: Serbia vs Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Group H schedule

November, 24: Portugal vs Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
November, 24: Uruguay vs South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8am
November, 28: Portugal vs Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
November, 28: South Korea vs Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8am
December, 2: South Korea vs Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
December, 2: Ghana vs Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am


Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – December, 3: Winner Group A vs Runners up Group B – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 50 – December, 3:  Winners Group C vs Runners up Group D – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm

Match 52 -December, 4: Winners Group D vs Runners up Group C – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 51 – December, 4: Winners Group B vs Runners up Group A – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Match 53 -December, 5: Winners Group E vs Runners up Group F – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – December, 5: Winners Group G vs Runners up Group H – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – December, 6: Winners Group F vs Runners up Group E – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – December, 6: Winners Group H vs Runners up Group G – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – December, 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – December, 9: Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – December, 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – December, 10: Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – December, 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – December, 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – December, 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – December, 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am