Official: Qatar to confirm World Cup 2022 venues by year-end

Qatar will decide the final number of stadiums it plans to build to host the World Cup in 2022 before the end of this year, a spokesman for the local organizing committee has told Reuters.

Qatar’s World Cup bid pledged to build 12 stadiums, although it now seems possible that the country may build just eight, the minimum number FIFA rules require in order to host the 64 matches played during the international tournament.

Work is already underway to build from scratch or redevelop five stadium sites, while the designs for a sixth arena at Lusail City, which will host the opening ceremony and final match, are being prepared by Foster + Partners, the firm led by British architect Sir Norman Foster.

An official from World Cup organizers the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) also said last year that sites at Qatar Sports Club in Dafna/West Bay, and another near Hamad International Airport were also ear-marked for development as venues.

This would bring the number of stadiums sites already openly discussed to eight.

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Source News: Doha News