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World Cup: Stadium Guide - Al Bayt Stadium

With the Qatar World Cup fast-approaching, we’ve put together a guide on one of the eight host venues - Al Bayt Stadium.

This article was originally published on 22 September 2022

After winning their bid to host the Qatar World Cup, Qatar set about approving plans for several new venues for the showpiece competition, and Al Bayt Stadium fell into that category.

It’s the second largest stadium, boasting a capacity of 60,000, and will host the opening game of the World Cup when Qatar take on Ecuador on 20th November.

WhatWorld Cup
When20th November - 18th December 2022
How to watchAll matches will be shown on either the BBC or ITV
OddsBrazil 9/2, England 11/2, France 6/1, Argentina 7/1, Spain 8/1

Where is Al Bayt Stadium?

Al Bayt Stadium is based in Al Khor, a municipality in coastal north-eastern Qatar. It’s around 31 miles from the capital Doha and is the most northerly of the venues at the World Cup.

When was the Al Bayt Stadium built?

Initial plans for the Al Bayt Stadium were presented in 2014 and construction began in late 2015. The venue opened on 30th November 2021 during the second match of the Arab Cup when Qatar earned a 1-0 win over Bahrain.

Key stadium details:

Stadium name:Al Bayt Stadium
Where:Al Khor, Qatar
Tenants:Qatar national football team
Opening date:30th November 2021

What is the capacity of Al Bayt Stadium?

The capacity of Al Bayt Stadium for the 2022 World Cup will be 60,000, making it the second-largest venue. However, a record attendance of 63,439 was set for the Arab Cup fixture between Qatar and UAE in December 2021. The top tier is set to be removed after the World Cup and the capacity will be reduced to 32,000.

How big is the pitch at Al Bayt Stadium?

The dimensions of the pitch at Al Bayt Stadium are 105 x 68 metres.

Who plays at Al Bayt Stadium?

Al Bayt Stadium doesn’t have a permanent tenant at the moment, although Qatar Stars League outfit Al Khor SC are expected to move into the ground after the World Cup. The Qatar national team has used the venue on three occasions, beating Bahrain in the inaugural match before defeating Iraq and the UAE.

What World Cup 2022 matches will be played at Al Bayt Stadium?

DateMatch numberGroupTeam 1 Team 2KO timeVenue
20th November1A




16:00Al Bayt Stadium
23rd November9F




10:00Al Bayt Stadium
25th November20B



United States

19:00Al Bayt Stadium
27th November28E




19:00Al Bayt Stadium
29th November33A




15:00Al Bayt Stadium
1st December43E

Costa Rica



19:00Al Bayt Stadium
4th December51Round of 16

Winners Group B


Runners-up Group A

19:00Al Bayt Stadium
10th December59Quarter-finals

Winners match 51


Winners match 52

19:00Al Bayt Stadium
14th December62Semi-finals

Winners match 59


Winners match 60

19:00Al Bayt Stadium

What other major events have taken place at Al Bayt Stadium?

There haven’t been any major events, aside from three Arab Cup matches at Al Bayt Stadium. 

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