Qatar will launch its latest completed World Cup Stadium at Al Rayyan by reserving 50 percent of its tickets for fans who have recovered from coronavirus.
The Al-Rayyan Venue is the third latest stadium to be completed prior to 2022. The venue will host the domestic Amir Cup Final on 18th December, and will welcome guests to half of its 40,000 capacity.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Qatar, Abdul Wahab al-Musleh, said “Anyone who enters the stadium must return either a negative Covid-19 test or a positive Covid-19 antibodies test. About 50 percent of the available seats will be allocated to people who have previously contracted the virus.”
Fans will have to take-up the tests at any of the three locations where their ticket application will be linked to their national identity cards and phone number. Thereafter, the fans will be eligible for a non-transferable ticket on receipt of the required test result.
On entering the stadium, the fans will have to wear a mask, show their contact tracing app, and remain in their allocated seat.
According to Musleh, this is the first time that Qatar is hosting a match of this scale under such exceptional circumstances.
Qatar has begun welcoming fans back to stadiums, permitting attendances of up to 30 percent in the top-flight Stars League.
The Amir Cup Final will witness the presence of favourites like Al-Sadd, coached by Spain legend Xavi Hernandez, take on minnows Al-Arabi.
Located west of Doha, Al-Rayyan will host seven matches during Qatar 2022 upto and including the round of 16 stage. Its glowing façade will feature patterns indicating Qatari themes, including the importance of family, local flora and fauna, the desert etc.
After Al-Rayyan opens, only Al-Bayt, Lusail, Ras Abu Aboud and Thumama stadiums remain to be opened.
According to World Cup 2022 Chief Executive, Nasser al-Khater said that all of these stadiums will be ready by end of 2021 or early 2022.