Qatar plans to stage 2022 World Cup in eight stadiums

Qatar plans to stage 2022 World Cup in eight stadiums
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Published October 13th, 2016 - 16:21 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar created a number of concerns and controversies regarding both Qatar's suitability as a host country and the fairness of FIFA's bidding process
The awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar created a number of concerns and controversies regarding both Qatar's suitability as a host country and the fairness of FIFA's bidding process
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Qatar plans to stage the 2022 World Cup in eight stadiums, pending final approval by football ruling body FIFA, local organizers said on Thursday.

Organizers said that six of the eight arenas are to be completed by 2019, starting with Doha's Khalifa stadium to be inaugurated in early 2017.

No overall figures were released but construction costs were given at between 150 million and 800 million dollars.

All stadiums are in the Doha area and to be reached within one hour, while in addition a new metro line will link the stadiums. Organizers also pledged to have several fan zones in Doda.

The 2014 World Cup Brazil used 12 stadiums, and so will Russia 2018, while South Africa staged the 64 games of the 32 teams in 10 stadiums in 2010.

© 2016 dpa GmbH

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