Doha: Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi expressed his pride that all stadiums are ready one year ahead of the FIFA world Cup 2022, after Stadium 974 hosted two matches on the first day of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021.
He also expressed happiness with Al Bayt stadium for paying tribute to Qatari and Arab culture, and Stadium 974 as a beacon of innovation and sustainability.
"We are sure fans from all over the world will enjoy visiting these state-of-the-art venues during both the Arab Cup and next year's World Cup," he added.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, said: "Al Bayt is the house where everyone is uniting, where everyone is coming together. It is a symbol for what the World Cup represents. The Arab Cup represents what the World Cup will represent next year of people coming together, of people being united from all over the world. So, to have games in such a beautiful stadium, in such a symbolic stadium, is something that we have to cherish and that will be crucial for the success of the World Cup."
Chairman of the SCs Operations Office and Vice Chairman of the Technical Delivery Office Yasir Al Jamal said: "Seeing both Al Bayt and Stadium 974 host matches on the opening day of the FIFA Arab Cup is exciting for football fans and everybody involved in FIFA World Cup preparations. All eight of our tournament venues for next year's World Cup have been completed and we look forward to hosting many more matches to fine-tune our planning for next year's tournament. I would like to thank everybody involved in bringing these stadiums to life including the various project teams and our trusted stakeholders."
For his part, CEO of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC. Nasser Al Khater said that "the atmosphere at Al Bayt was incredible for the inauguration ceremony and throughout the match. It was wonderful to see so much passion for football during this momentous occasion, which offered a glimpse of the World Cup we will host in 2022. The FIFA Arab Cup is off to a great start and we look forward to more exciting matches between now and the final on 18 December."