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Empty seats draw attention in Qatar Cup stadiums

Empty seats in Qatar’s World Cup stadiums have drawn attention across all sectors of the championship’s arenas. The images of matches in this first round show numbered vacancies even with Fifa’s announcement of attendance records and maximum capacity.

During the opening match of the World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium and even at the opening ceremony, it was possible to see free seats. According to FIFA, the stadium received more than 67,000 people and was designed for 60,000 fans, that is, more than ideal capacity. These data, however, do not match the images recorded at the site. At Al Thumama Stadium, empty seats could be seen in the Senegal v Netherlands match.

Capacity change

FIFA’s justification came from an announcement to change the maximum capacity of the World Cup stadiums last Tuesday (22). The entity stated that the new numbers become:

  • Al Bayt – 68,895;
  • Khalifa International – 45,857;
  • Al Thumama – 44,400;
  • Ahmad Bin Ali – 45,032;
  • Lusail – 88,966
  • 974 – 44,089;
  • Educational City – 44,667;
  • Al Janoub – 44,325.

All arenas previously had rounded values ​​of 40,000 to 60,000 seats, with Lusail being able to accommodate 80,000.

FIFA numbers

Last October 3, FIFA announced a record sale of tickets to watch the world cup. According to the federation, 2.7 million tickets for the games were sold, with Brazil being the ninth country that purchased the most tickets (39,546) up to September 30th. Later, they updated the number stating that sales reached more than 3 million tickets.

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