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Of the eight stadiums that Qatar has registered to become the official stadium for the 2022 World Cup , not all of them are newly built. There is also a stadium that has been around for a long time and has a lot of historical value, namely the Khalifa International Stadium .
Khalifa International Stadium has been open since 1976 ago. Its initial capacity of 20,000 was considered very large for its time. However, over time, there have been two renovations to the stadium which has increased its capacity to 40,000.
In addition, Khalifa International Stadium is quite close to the center of the Qatari capital, Doha, approximately 10 km from the west. Its strategic location makes this stadium has long been used as the headquarters of the Qatar national team when holding matches.
However, the Khalifa International Stadium will only be the second main stadium at the 2022 World Cup. This stadium only held a total of eight matches and will be the arena for the struggle for third place.
As mentioned earlier, Khalifa International Stadium is a stadium full of historical value. Many international sporting events have used this stadium as a venue for matches.
The 2004 Gulf Cup was the first event to use this 20,000 capacity stadium. Khalifa International Stadium was also a silent witness to the victory of host Qatar, who won for the second time.
After that, there was the 2006 Asian Games. This event marked the first renovation of the stadium by increasing the capacity to 40,000. Next, there is the 2011 AFC Asian Cup and 2011 Pan Arab Games
The Khalifa International Stadium underwent renovations again in 2014-2017 to meet the standards of eligibility to become the official stadium for hosting the 2022 World Cup. However, this stadium first hosted the 2019 Athletics World Championships, the 2019 Club World Cup, and the 2021 Arab Cup.
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