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Qatar set to create history with Compact World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will be the most compact World Cup in history, allowing fans to watch multiple matches per day, the organizers revealed.

The total square mileage of the stadiums and training pitches required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be contained within 235sqm, which is equal to less than half the size of Greater London, covering more than 670sqm.

The Supreme Committee yesterday released a new data using a new bespoke satellite mapping tool, which calculates the distances and travel times between eight stadiums that are currently under construction, due for completion by 2020.

The release of this new data coincides with six years, until the kick-off anniversary with the first game likely to be played at Lusail Stadium on 21st November 2022. This also marks 50 percent completion on the Qatar 2022 World Cup project since the country won the hosting rights on 2nd December 2010.

The compact nature of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar implies that fans can actually watch two to three extraordinary live games a day during the group stages, based on the final FIFA match schedule. Also, the fans can spend an equal time travelling up and down from games as they would do if they were actually making their way across any major city centre, with travel times ranging between an hour for the longest commute between venues, and the shortest being just five minutes.

Every stadium used during the tournament would be linked to the new state-of-the-art metro in Qatar, due to be launched in 2019, and a range of other public transport options like buses and water taxis.

The Assistant Secretary General, Tournament Affairs, Supreme Committee, Nasser Al Khater said that Qatar’s size will make the most unique world cups ever to benefit both fans and players. This will be the ultimate tournament for live game experiences for fans.

According to Nasser Al Khater, Assistant Secretary General, Tournament Affairs, Supreme Committee, the compact nature implies that short travel times from airport and accommodation to fan parks, tourist attractions, and match venues, enable fans to watch more than one live game a day. For two-thirds of world’s population, Qatar is just an eight hour flight, which is completely unique, in comparison to any other FIFA World Cup.

As far as the competing teams are concerned, it is a huge advantage for them, as they will be based on one location for the whole tournament, and can play in a consistent climate throughout, and experience minimal travel between matches. With just a single training base, one hotel, and no need for exhausting flights between stadiums for the whole tournament, teams will now have maximum time for preparation, recovery, and rest, he said.

For those tuning in for the 2022 FIFA World Cup from across the world, Qatar’s geographical position allows for prime time viewing for more than three billion people across the world.

Qatar has been heavily investing in its infrastructure, in preparation for the 2022 tournament, and its 2030 national vision. New hotels are ready to offer travel accommodation option to suit every budget and a new metro, light-rail and improved road network implies minimal congestion on the roads throughout the tournament.

Hamad International Airport is being expanded further, increasing its hourly capacity beyond the present 8700 to ensure that the country can accommodate the thousands of players, fans and operational staff arriving in 2022.

Posted on 23/11/2016

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