At the beginning of March 2010, the first five World Cup venues were revealed. Qatar wanted the designs of the stadiums to conform to the following terms of reference and reflect its history and culture: legacy, comfort, accessibility, and sustainability. The stadiums have cooling systems that aim to reduce temperatures within the stadium by up to 20 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit). Their marketing includes statements describing the stadiums as zero-waste, and the upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled and donated to nations with less developed sports infrastructure after the World Cup. Qatar hopes to be compliant and certified by the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) The Al Bayt and Al Wakrah stadiums will be the only indoor stadiums of the eight used. Some venues, like the 68,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium, will have their upper tier of seating removed to reduce capacity after the tournament. German architect Albert Speer & Partners designed all five stadium projects.
According to a report published in April 2013 by Merrill Lynch, the organizers in Qatar requested that FIFA approve a smaller number of stadiums due to rising costs. Bloomberg stated that Qatar wished to reduce the number of venues to eight or nine from the twelve that were initially planned. As of April 2017, FIFA had not yet finalized the number of stadiums that Qatar would be required to prepare in five years. With the exception of Al Khor, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) predicted that eight stadiums would be in or near Doha. The Lusail Stadium will host 10 games, including the final. Nine games will be held at Al Khor’s Al Bayt Stadium. Except for the nine matches that will be held in Al Khor during this tournament, all others will be held within a 32-kilometer (20-mile) radius of Doha’s center. In addition, the 974, Al Janoub, and Ahmad bin Ali stadiums will each host seven matches, including a Round of 16 match, while the Khalifa, Al Thumama, and Education City stadiums will each host eight matches. Khalifa will host the match for third place, while Al Thumama and Education City will each host a quarterfinal match.
The SC has completed the seventh FIFA World Cup 2022 venue, Stadium 974, formerly known as the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. The number of shipping containers that were used in its construction and Qatar’s international dialing code give it its name. This stadium is the first temporary stadium ever used for a FIFA World Cup. All of the other stadiums used, with the exception of Khalifa International, will have half their capacity reduced.