TEMPO.CO, Doha – The stands at Qatar’s World Cup stadiums are expected to be alcohol-free, with beer sales outside arenas only allowed before and after certain matches, a source with knowledge of the football tournament’s plans has said.
This year’s World Cup is the first to be held in a Muslim country with strict alcohol controls, presenting unique challenges for organizers of an event often associated with beer lovers and sponsored by global beer brands .
“In the stadiums plans are still being finalized but the current discussion is to allow fans to have beer when entering and leaving the stadium, but beer will not be served during the match. or inside the stadium bowl,” the source said. Reuters.
A document dated June 2 and seen by Reuters gives a first look at how organizers plan to meet the demands of around 1.2 million football fans, many of whom are used to drinking limitless beer on days of game.
The relationship between football and alcohol has long been a delicate one and ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil lifted a ban on alcohol in stadiums, under pressure from the FIFA governing body. Fifa.
There has been a question mark over alcohol at this year’s tournament since the Gulf Arab state was granted hosting rights in 2010. Although not a state “dry” like neighboring Saudi Arabia, drinking alcohol in public places is illegal in Qatar.
However, November World Cup fans will also be able to buy beer during restricted times in parts of the main FIFA fan zone in Al Bidda Park in Doha, the Qatari capital.
“Unlike previous World Cup fan zones, beers will not be served all day but at restricted times,” the source added.
Alcohol will also be available for 15,000 to 20,000 fans in a disused corner of the Doha Golf Club, a few kilometers from the stadiums and the main fan zone, the document said.
Additionally, a sandy field surrounded by a 3-meter wall and located between a hotel’s delivery entrance and a district cooling plant will be transformed into a 10,000-seat venue promising techno music and music. alcohol, the document says.
A spokesperson for organisers, the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said that together with FIFA they would announce plans on the availability of alcohol at the 28-day tournament “in due course”. .
“Alcohol is already available in designated areas in Qatar, such as hotels and bars, and this will not change in 2022. In an effort to meet the needs of visiting fans in 2022, alcohol will be available in additional designated areas during the tournament,” the spokesperson said.
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