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First world cup venue officially opens to public on 19th May

The first world cup venue in Qatar is now ready and will officially open to public on 19th May, The venue will host its debut football match this weekend, organizers have announced.

After three years of renovations, Khalifa International Stadium in Al Waab will open to public for the Emir Cup final on 19th May, Friday.

The stadium was first established in 1976, built more than 40 years ago, and was later extensively refurbished to host the Asian Games in 2006.

It is now again being re-modelled and modernized for the World Cup with redesigned arches and new canopies to offer shade for spectators. There is also a cooling system for players and fans too.

In a statement, Qatar Football Association President, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani expressed happiness that the stadium will again host football matches in Qatar. The Stadium has been witness to most prominent sporting achievements of Qatar, and is the venue closes to the hearts of people in Qatar.

Apart from local matches, the 40,000 seater Stadium will host the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

In the first match this Friday, Al Rayyan will face off against Al Sadd, led by former FC Barcelona player Xavi. The game will be a rematch of sorts for the two teams, which clashed during last month’s Qatar Cup semifinals.

The opening ceremonies will begin at 6.30pm and kickoff at 7pm. The first 10,000 tickets are open for sale at Villaggio and City Centre mall and cost about QR30 per person.

They will also be sold at Souq Waqif from today, and at the stadium during the day of the event, said the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy (SCDL).

Posted on 16/5/2017

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