Qatar to kick off 2022 FIFA World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium Jul 16, 2020 0 3606 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaQatar will kick off the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on November 21, 2022, at 13:00 local time. The final will be held at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium nearly a month later on December 18.This was announced by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) on Wednesday as the organisers confirmed the tournament schedule.“Exactly two years after that historic occasion on July 15, 2018, the unveiling of the match schedule for the next edition invites the football world to dream of a new beginning — one that, now, has a precise time and place to start,” the SC said.The Al Bayt Stadium is a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic people in the Gulf region.The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00. Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on December 17. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd.With the aim of providing all teams with optimal rest between their matches, the group stage will last 12 days, with four matches per day. “The tournament’s compact nature with no air travel needed to move between the venues will allow organisers, for the first time, to optimise specific match demands for the benefit and comfort of fans, teams and media,” the SC added.“This will be achieved through the assignment of the group fixtures for each match-day to a stadium and kick-off time only after the final draw, currently planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window. Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation.”That additional flexibility is possible without affecting any technical aspects since all stadiums are located within a compact radius and the climate is perfect at that time of year in Qatar, whether it is an early or a late kick-off. On top of that, this will potentially give fans the opportunity to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.For those eager to book their seats at Qatar 2022, hospitality sales are scheduled to start in late 2020. Ticket sales for the general public will be conducted solely via FIFA.com/tickets, where details on the timeline, phases, categories and prices will be communicated in due course. RELATED ARTICLES Qatar Airways to seek damages over illegal airspace blockade Jul 16, 2020 0 5800 ICJ verdict reaffirms integrity of Qatar’s legal stance: Cabinet Jul 16, 2020 0 5526 Amir congratulates Turkish president Jul 16, 2020 0 5771 Mesaieed Hospital discharges last batch of COVID-19 patients Catherine W Gichuki Doha Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari on Wednesday visited Hamad Medical Corporation’s Mesaieed Hospital, which discharged its last group of six patients who recovered from .. COVID-19 recoveries reach 101,637 As many as 450 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said in its daily report. In the last 24 hours, 477 people recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of .. Amir congratulates Montenegro prez QNA Doha His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday sent a cable of congratulations to President Milo Dukanovic of the Republic of Montenegro on the occasion of his country’s Statehood .. Qatar puts 4 entities, two individuals on terrorism list Based on the keenness of Qatar to continue its international efforts to combat terrorism and its financing at the international level, it was agreed by the seven countries (the Gulf Cooperation Council states and the US) ..