This stadium is named after the former Emir of Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani. Besides, it gains its significant position from being one of the oldest Qatari sports arenas and bearing witness to the sport’s history of Qatar.
The most important match hosted by this stadium was the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Final. After years of renovations, in May 2017, this stadium was unveiled in a completely new form to be the first ready stadium qualified to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches. As is the case in all other stadiums, Qatar has taken care of sustainability and environmental standards when renovating this stadium. As a result, it received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).
From the mid-seventies until now, this stadium has hosted many tournaments, among them are the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the Asian Cup. Recently, this huge sports arena hosted matches in the Arabian Gulf Cup and the Club World Cup.
For Qataris, Khalifa International Stadium is an old face and a familiar friend, while for tourists, this stadium is one of the finest manifestations of sporting innovation and part of the modern, sustainable and pollution-free world.
Innovation was not limited to the stadium architecture and modern technology usage only, as the State of Qatar paid attention to all the details that affect the fans’ experience. So, it has established a network of high-speed metros and advanced transportation systems that connect it with other stadiums. So, fans can watch more than one match on the same day!
In addition to the football pitch, Khalifa International also contains a group of covered halls for basketball, handball, table tennis and athletics.
What matches will Khalifa International Stadium host in the World Cup?
This stadium will host group stage matches, round of 16 matches and the third-place playoff. Spectators who go to this stadium will be lucky to wander around the Aspire Zone and go to the Qatar Olympic Museum. Inside the stadium structure, all waiting and seating areas are covered by a sunshades, as well as intelligent climate control and cooling system.
Frequently asked questions about Khalifa International Stadium
Where is Khalifa International Stadium located?
Khalifa International Stadium is located in the heart of the Qatari capital, Doha. World cup spectators can access it via the express metro, public cars, taxis, and other means of transportation.
What is the capacity of Khalifa International Stadium?
Khalifa International Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats.
What matches will Khalifa International Stadium host?
Khalifa International Stadium will host matches in the group stage, some matches in the round of 16, and the third-place playoff.