Fan zones at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: What you should know
The main FIFA Fan Festival will be located at Al Bidda Park
Millions of visitors are set to flood into Qatar later this year for the World Cup, but sadly you won’t be able to grab tickets for every match.
Instead, you’ll be able catch all the action with your fellow fans in the heart of the city at a fan zone.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy is yet to reveal all the details for the upcoming fan zones for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, but here’s what we know so far.
Where are the fan zones at the World Cup Qatar 2022?
First launched in 2006, FIFA Fan Festivals have been held at four World Cups (Russia in 2018, Brazil in 2014, South Africa in 2010 and Germany in 2006) and have allowed 40 million fans to catch all the sporting action in an unbeatable atmosphere.
The FIFA Fan Festival at this year’s World Cup tournament will be held at Al Bidda Park, and you can find the location on Google Maps by clicking here.
The best way to reach the entertainment hub will be by using the Doha Metro. There are three nearby stations – West Bay QIC, Al Bidda and The White Palace (pictured above).
All Hayya Card holders will be able to access the Doha Metro for free throughout the tournament. You can read our guide to using the public transport network by clicking here.
Over at the Fan Villages Cabins Free Zone by Al Emadi Hospitality, there will be recreational facilities and food and beverage outlets, but this will only be accessible to guests who have booked accommodation in the fan villages.
On Al Maha Island in Lusail, the Al Maha Arena will serve as the concert fan zone.
What to expect at the fan zones at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
According to the Supreme Committee, the FIFA Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park spans 500,000 square metres, and will see more than one million visitors over the course of the tournament.
All of the Qatar 2022 matches will be screened here on giant screens, but on rest days, there will also be live music from international and regional artists, plus family-friendly entertainment.
Inside the fan zone, you’ll find a food court with both local cuisine and international delicacies.
Love playing football as much as you love watching it? There will be physical and digital gaming stations for fans of all ages, too.
You’ll also be able to buy official FIFA and FIFA World Cup merchandise here.
Will there be alcohol at the fan zones at Qatar 2022?
Alcohol will be available to purchase at the FIFA Fan Festival in Al Bidda Park between 6.30pm and 1am daily, FIFA has said.
The price for the hops available has not yet been confirmed.
Fans will also be able to purchase alcohol inside World Cup stadium compounds, but not at concourse concession stands within the stadium bowl.
Spectators will be able to purchase alcohol three hours before kick-off, and up to an hour after the final whistle.
Non-alcoholic hops will be available to buy throughout matches.
FIFA Fan Festival opening hours
The free-to-enter FIFA Fan Festival, which runs from Thursday November 17 until Sunday December 18, will have different opening hours depending on the tournament stage.
During the group stages, it will be open from 10am until 2am, and in the knock-out stages, from 3pm until 2am.
On rest days, the fan zone will be open between 5pm and 2am.
Getting to World Cup stadiums from the FIFA Fan Festival
Planning on catching the action on screen before watching the game IRL? There will be Stadium Express Buses running from the FIFA Fan Festival to venues on match day.
These Stadium Express Buses will start running four hours before match kick-off, and finish 90 minutes after the final whistle.
You can head to stadiums on the following services from the FIFA Fan Festival:
- Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – S963 (drop-off will be a 12-minute walk from the stadium)
- Al Bayt Stadium – S953 (11-minute walk)
- Al Janoub Stadium – S923 (six-minute walk)
- Al Thumama Stadium – S983 (26-minute walk)
- Education City Stadium – S933 (16-minute walk)
- Khalifa International Stadium – S943 (23-minute walk)
- Lusail Stadium – S993 (25-minute walk)
- Stadium 974 – S973 (six-minute walk)
You will also be able to use the metro to access the stadiums.