Education City Stadium
Mon, 08/02/21, 07:30
The venue for Bayern's Club World Cup final
The Education City Stadium towers among several university campuses in a development of Al Rayyan, only 12 kilometres from the centre of Doha. The ground was also built for the 2022 World Cup and only opened last year. The 40,000-seat stadium is nicknamed the ‘Jewel of the Desert’ because of its exterior, which is reminiscent of a cut diamond. After the World Cup, 20,000 seats are to be donated for stadium construction in developing countries. The smaller stadium will then be home to various university athletics teams and the Qatar women’s national team.
Education City Stadium is scheduled to host six group games, a round of 16 and quarter-final in 2022. Bayern will play here on 11 February in the Club World Cup final against CONCACAF Champions League winners Tigres of Mexico (19:00 CET).
Semi-final venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
FC Bayern celebrated their 2-0 semi-final win in the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, which was constructed for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on the site of the ground of the same name, the home of Al-Rayyan Sports Club. The spectacular, wavy facade contains symbols of Qatari culture, while the surrounding facilities and buildings in the form of sand dunes reflect the adjacent nature. The stadium was opened in December 2020 with space for 40,000 spectators.
Special attention was paid to sustainability when designing the stadium. After the 2022 World Cup, almost half the seats will be removed and donated to football development projects abroad. The smaller ground will then become home to Al-Rayyan of the first division. So far, the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium has played host to the final of the Emir of Qatar Cup. It is planned to hold six group games and a Round of 16 match in the 2022 World Cup there.
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