Under Qatari regulations, World Cup stadium stands will be alcohol-free.
As the 2022 World Cup approaches, football fans who want to travel to Qatar to see the show up close should get ready for a little bit of a different match day experience: one that is alcohol-free.
According to a report from Reuters’ Andrew Mills, alcohol will not be served in World Cup stadiums this year. Before and after some games, beer sales will be permitted outside the venues, though details are still being worked out.
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Although it is forbidden to drink or be intoxicated in public, drinking alcohol is not a crime in Qatar. Hosting an event that is anticipated to draw more than a million spectators from all around the world offers a challenging task.
Visitors are not allowed to purchase alcohol in the nation’s sole liquor store, which is situated outside of Doha, nor are they allowed to bring it into the country. Only a few authorized hotels and clubs allow them to buy alcohol.
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In the Al Bidda park in Doha, Qatar, where the major FIFA fan zone will be located, there will be designated sections where supporters may purchase alcohol at specific hours. Additional parts of the Doha Golf Club and a “sandy plot” close to the delivery gate of an unnamed hotel would be changed into locations that permit alcohol consumption.
A representative for the event’s organizers, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, indicated that they and FIFA would “in due course” make an announcement regarding the 28-day competition’s alcohol policy.
The laws governing the sale of alcohol in soccer stadiums differ from country to country. No alcohol is allowed on stadium grounds in France, while it is available at stadium concourses in England but supporters are not allowed to consume it while watching the game.