FIFA ramp up Qatar 2022 stadium visits with focus on going operational with JV initiative

February 28 – FIFA have competed another stadium inspection visit to Qatar focussing on various stadium facilities, including competition areas, ticketing, marketing, media, broadcasting, IT, hospitality, protocol, security and health and safety.

The inspection group, which also comprised local experts, visited Al Wakrah Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and Al Rayyan Stadium.

Colin Smith, Managing Director of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 joint venture and FIFA’s Chief Tournament and Events Officer, said: “The visits mark another important step towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The team had a very productive week, visiting four of the eight proposed stadiums for 2022.

“As the stadiums take shape and near completion, we’re now starting to look at operational aspects and this visit was the first of a range of organised stadium visits we’ll be undertaking to ensure the stadiums are all operationally ready to host World Cup matches long before Qatar 2022 kicks off.”

Khalifa International Stadium’s redevelopment was completed in 2017 and is currently being prepared to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships. The other stadia are in the final stages of construction.

Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 joint venture, said: “The visits are the first step to ensuring all our stadiums meet FIFA requirements. We remain committed to delivering and testing all our stadiums well ahead of the big kick-off in November 2022 in order to ensure an optimum experience for fans, players, the media and sponsors, among others.”

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