Revealed: The incredible stadium feature that allows World Cup VIPs to arrive right next to their seats – instead of waiting for hours in a huge queue to leave the stadium 35km from Doha
Getting into the stadiums was a headache for many fans at the World Cup in Qatar, but not for VIPs at the Al Bayt ground, where they can almost walk straight into the facility itself.
All of the stadiums used in the World Cup are within 35km of Doha, meaning fans can potentially attend several matches a day.
Getting into the stadiums was a headache for many fans during the World Cup in Qatar, but not for VIPs at Al Bayt Stadium (pictured) who can almost enter the stadium itself via a drop-off ramp .
All the stadiums used during the World Cup are within 35 km of Doha, which means that fans can potentially attend several matches a day.
The tiny country’s $36 billion subway system has been handy for ferrying the massive influx of fans to games, but most of the time there’s still a long walk from drop-off points to your seat in the stadium. .
Al Bayt is one of the most difficult places to get to, as it is located 30 km north of Doha without any infrastructure connecting it to the city other than a road network.
Even if fans take the bus or an Uber to get to the stadium, they have to walk at least 20 minutes to get in.
However, if you are a VIP, you don’t have to worry about this as Al Bayt Stadium has a ramp that goes up several levels in the stadium to drop people off.
The design of the 60,000-seater facility in Al Khor was inspired by tents used in the Qatari desert and also includes a luxury hotel overlooking the grounds.
The tiny country’s $36 billion subway system has been handy for ferrying the massive influx of fans to games, but for the most part it’s still a long walk from drop-off points to accessing your seat in the stadium.
Ninety-six rooms surround the entire pitch where VIP guests can step out onto their balconies and watch the game.
Ahmed Al-Binali, director of mobility operations at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, says the stadiums are fit for purpose.
“As you can see, my country is ready,” he said.
“As for the opening match, we recommend that fans and locals use their private vehicles as modes of transport may be used by international supporters.”
“We have also created around 80,000 car parks all around the stadium and fans have the option of choosing between buses, metro and taxis.
The design of the 60,000-seater stadium in Al Khor was inspired by tents used in the Qatari desert and also includes a luxury hotel overlooking the pitch
“Spectators can take any of the 37 metro stations and use their bus stations to get to the stadiums.” We also have over 18,000 taxis available, including Uber, Kareem and Karwa. Tournament buses are free for all Hayya holders.’
Earlier in the week, England football great Gary Lineker shared an image of the distinctive stadium on social media along with the comment “This might be my favorite stadium”.
The BBC host faced an immediate backlash from fans who believe he shouldn’t praise the controversial World Cup hosts.
One Twitter user wrote: “It’s such a shame that thousands of people died building it.”
Another added: “I love you Gary but that’s incredibly tone deaf of you.” It’s one thing to be there to show the football, it’s your job and we’re all watching. But it’s poor.
A third said: ‘Do you get paid to say nice things about stadiums every night? This is definitely what is happening.