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World Cup: Stadium Guide - Education City Stadium

With the World Cup in Qatar fast-approaching, we’ve put together a guide to the eight host venues for the winter showpiece, with Education City Stadium in focus this time.

Education City Stadium will host eight matches during the FIFA World Cup, including six group games along with one Round of 16 knockout match and one Quarter-final knockout game in Qatar.

Purpose built for this World Cup, the Education City Stadium's ultra-modern design blends seamlessly with traditional Islamic architecture and it is based, as the name suggests, in a dynamic learning hub for students and academics across the Arab World.

WhatWorld Cup
WhereQatar
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 Education City Stadium?

Education City Stadium is based in Al Rayyan, considered part of the Metropolitan Doha area. The city and its suburbs comprise the largest population centre in Qatar outside of Doha. Al Rayyan is also home to the Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar's national stadium, as well as the Qatar Science & Technology Park and the Aspire Zone – a 250-hectare sporting complex.

When was the Education City Stadium built?

Work began on the Education City Stadium in 2016 in preparation for this tournament and it was completed in time for the opening on 15th June 2020. Fenwick Iribarren Architects were the designers of this fantastic arena. On the exterior, triangles create complex diamond-like geometrical patterns that sparkle as the sun moves across the sky, while at night, a digital light show illuminates the facade – giving fans a memorable surprise performance.

Key stadium details:

Stadium name:

Education City Stadium

Where:

Al Rayyan, Qatar

Tenants:None
Capacity:40,000
Opening date:

15th June 2020

What is the capacity of Education City Stadium?

The capacity of Education City Stadium for the World Cup will be 40,000. The stadium's modular upper tier will be removed after the tournament, and it will become a sporting hub for the local community, including students and faculty from nearby universities. The stadium was the first Qatar tournament venue to achieve a five-star design and build rating, while it houses a state-of-the-art cooling technology for the benefit of fans, players and officials.

How big is the pitch at Education City Stadium?

The dimensions of the pitch at Education City Stadium are 105 x 68 metres.

Who plays at Education City Stadium?

There is no sitting tenant at the stadium, however, it is located within several university campuses at the Qatar Foundation's Education City and, following the FIFA World Cup, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats and will be used by university athletic teams.

What World Cup matches will be played at Education City Stadium?

DateMatch numberGroupTeam 1Team 2KO timeVenue
22nd November6DDenmarkvTunisia13:00

Education City Stadium

24th November14HUruguayvSouth Korea13:00

Education City Stadium

26th November22FPolandvSaudi Arabia13:00Education City Stadium
28th November30HSouth KoreavGhana13:00Education City Stadium
30th November38DTunisiavFrance15:00Education City Stadium
2nd December46HSouth KoreavPortugal15:00Education City Stadium
6th December55Round of 16Winners Group FReplace MeRunners-up Group E15:00Education City Stadium
6th December58Quarter-finalWinners Match 53 Replace MeWinners Match 5415:00Education City Stadium

What other major events have taken place at Education City Stadium?

The stadium was inaugurated in June 2020 during a virtual event that paid tribute to frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic. It also featured at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup (held in February 2021), including hosting the final between Bayern Munich and Mexican side UANL, with the Germans winning 1-0. The venue has also hosted games during the 2020 AFC Champions League and the FIFA Arab Cup in 2021.

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