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2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup stadiums: Where are the games?

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be played across eight stadiums, all within a 22-mile (35 km) radius of the country's capital and largest city, Doha.

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Here's a look at the venues that will be in use throughout the 32-team tournament.


Lusail Stadium

Capacity: 80,000
Matches: Final, 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match, 1 quarterfinal match, 1 semifinal match
Notable for: The largest stadium in the Middle East, it will be partially deconstructed after the World Cup to make room for public space and athletics facilities.
Marquee games: The biggest venue will see some of the biggest names. As well as hosting the World Cup final on Dec. 18, Lionel Messi and Argentina have two games (including one against Mexico), as do Neymar and Brazil. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will light it up against Uruguay's all-star cast. The place to be.

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Al Bayt Stadium

Capacity: 60,000
Planned matches: Opening match, 5 other group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match, 1 quarterfinal match, 1 semifinal match
Notable for: The tournament's only venue with a retractable roof, the design invokes a "bayt al sha'ar," a black and white striped tent used by of Qatar's nomadic people.
Marquee games: Aside from the curtain raiser, England vs. United States (Nov. 25) and Spain vs. Germany (Nov. 27) will be the big ones.


Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Capacity: 40,000
Planned matches: 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match
Notable for: Built on the site of a demolished stadium of the same name, it has hosted games at the 2020 Club World Cup and the 2021 Arab Cup.
Marquee games: USMNT take on Wales (Nov. 21), with Gareth Bale's side then clashing with England (Nov. 29).


Al Janoub Stadium

Capacity: 40,000
Planned matches: 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match
Notable for: The design invokes the wind-filled sails of Qatar's traditional "dhow" boats in tribute to the region's fishing and pearl diving past.
Marquee games: Australia play all three group matches here, including against defending champions France (Nov 22). Then there's Uruguay vs. Ghana on Dec. 2 in a rematch of an epic (and controversial) quarterfinal classic in 2010, when Luis Suarez was sent off for handball on the goalline.


Al Thumama Stadium

Capacity: 40,000
Planned matches: 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match, 1 quarterfinal match
Notable for: Envisioned to look a "gahfiya," the traditional woven cap worn across the Arab world.
Marquee games: Belgium vs. Morocco (Nov. 27) will be one of the bigger games, and then there's USMNT vs. Iran on Nov. 29, a rematch of a notable 1998 World Cup game.


Education City Stadium

Capacity: 40,000
Planned matches: 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match, 1 quarterfinal match
Notable for: Known as the "Diamond in the Desert," it has hosted games at the 2020 Club World Cup and 2021 Arab Cup.
Marquee games: South Korea, led by Son Heung-Min, will square up against Uruguay (Nov. 24) and Portugal (Dec. 2). France will play Tunisia on Nov. 30.


Khalifa International Stadium

Capacity: 40,000
Planned matches: Third-place match, 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match
Notable for: Built in 1976 and fully renovated for the World Cup, the tournament's oldest venue has previously hosted the Club World Cup, the Asian Games and the AFC Asian Cup.
Marquee games: England begin their tournament campaign against Iran on Nov. 21, while Japan will have some big tests against Spain (Nov. 23) and Germany (Dec. 1).


Stadium 974

Capacity: 40,000
Planned matches: 6 group stage matches, 1 round of 16 match
Notable for: The name comes from the 974 steel containers used to build the first completely temporary venue in World Cup history, which will be dismantled afterward.
Marquee games: Robert Lewandowski will lead Poland against Mexico (Nov. 22) and Argentina (Nov. 30). Portugal, France and Brazil all play a group stage match here, too.