In the purest style of the French village of Asterix, all the stadiums of the World Cup in Qatar are located in Doha and its surroundings except one, which resists about 40 kilometers north of the capital, more than an hour away by the official bus .
The impressive Al Bayt stadium, located in the city of Al Khor, is the furthest from the entire tournament but at the same time one of the most beautiful, both outside and inside. It is also the second largest venue, holding almost 70,000 spectators, behind only Lusail with almost 90,000.
Al Bayt steals its name from the tents and tents used by nomads in Qatar, and other parts of the Middle East, which are identified by their black lines on the outside. Bayt al sha'ar is his name.
The appearance of the stadium from the outside is almost as beautiful as from the inside, the roofs being built as if it were a store. Inside, as with these tents, it is lined with sadu-type patterned fabrics, nothing like an ordinary stadium.
As with most of the stadiums in this World Cup, once the tournament is over, the upper part will be dismantled and donated to countries with few resources to help develop and promote the practice of the sport. In its place a five-star hotel will be built on top.
The Al Bayt stadium hosted the opening match of the World Cup, in which Ecuador easily beat Qatar, and will host five other group stage matches, including the exciting Spain-Germany match on Sunday. In addition, a round of 16 duel, another quarterfinal and one of the semifinals will travel to the north of Doha to be played at Al Bayt.