Football Stadiums in Qatar
The Grand Hamad Stadium
The Grand Hamad Stadium falls into the category of smaller Qatari stadiums, and as the majority of stadiums it mostly serves for hosting football matches. The stadium belongs to the Al-Arabi Sports Club which was founded in 1952. The stadium’s capacity is 13,000 seats and was used to host some matches during the 2006 Asian Games, not only for football, but as well for rugby, table tennis, fencing, etc.
The Yemen national football team is going to use the stadium as their home stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications.
The stadium featured 10 major FIFA qualification games between the Asian countries (and Asutralia) so far, with its first in 2001, after which, a ten-year break was made, until the stadium had the honor to host again qualification matches. Since then, nine more qualification matches took place on the Grand Hamad ground.
The Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
The Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium (not to be confused with the International Khalifa Stadium) is the home ground for one of the top Qatar football teams, the Lekhwiya, and is often called by the team’s name.
The stadium is a new facility which was built from 2011 and finished in 2013 when it was officially inaugurated upon a Qatar Stars League match, where the host team beat the Al Khor team.
The stadium is part of a bigger complex (the Internal Security Forces) and is able to provide seats for 12,000. The stadium is known for very high security standards, and it enables entrance through 15 gates, proportionally placed around the stadium.
Besides the Lekhwiya team, the stadium is also used by another QSL team, namely the El-Jaish Sports Club, which might not be popular as Lekhwiya, but is definitely climbing the success ladder. This stadium is not going to be used in the FIFA World Cup 2022 since it is smaller in capacity.
The Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
The Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium is the home ground of Al-Sadd which was initially built in 1974. In order to honor its major tenants, the home stadium has speakers which release a sound of a howling wolf every time an Al-Sadd player scores a goal. The wolf howling is a symbol for the nickname of the team- The Wolves.
As the top three stadiums in this review, this stadium has also been subject to renovation to host the Gulf Cup of Nations. The stadium will stay in good memory of all Qatari football fanatics, since the final match of the Gulf Club was played between Oman and Qatar, and Qatar took the title. It has the capacity of 12,946 people. The Qatar national football uses also occasionally this stadium for their matches.
When observing the high-class stadiums of Qatar, their capacity and special effects, it is noticeable that football takes a special place in the State of Qatar. The football stadiums just mirror the efforts and success of the Qatar Football Association which makes sure that the Qatari teams only get the best.