Asian Cup to be played at six World Cup venues in Qatar

The AFC has declared that six of Qatar’s eight World Cup stadiums will be utilized for the Asian Cup that will be held in the Gulf nation in January.

However, the renowned 974 stadium made of shipping containers and the Lusail stadium used for the World Cup final will not be a part of the 24-nation competition taking place from January 12 to February 10.

Due to China’s coronavirus limitations, the Asian Cup was originally scheduled to take place this year but was moved and postponed.

“We have every faith that they will showcase their unrivaled hosting capabilities, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and warm hospitality,” he added in comments made when the Kuala Lumpur-based AFC released the dates late Wednesday.

Qatar will use the Al Janoub Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, and Khalifa International Stadium which were all part of the multi-billion dollar infrastructure laid on for the World Cup.

The AFC announced that the smaller Jassim bin Hamad and Abdullah bin Khalifa stadiums would also be utilized.

The 974 stadium, which is close to the Doha waterfront, will be destroyed and handed to a poor nation.

Authorities had not yet revealed where the stadium will be located, although some containers have already been removed.

Qatar also had not yet provided an update on when the 80,000-seat Lusail stadium, where Argentina defeated France in the World Cup final on December 18, will undergo modifications.