FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony: When, Where, and How to Watch
The FIFA World Cup will take place in the Middle East for the first time ever. Qatar anticipates a range of economic benefits that it maypass along to its Gulf neighbors. Here is everything you should know about the November 20 opening ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar:
On November 20, a ceremony marking the beginning of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place before the hosts Qatar and Ecuador's opening Group A match. The event is set to begin around 7:30 PM. On Monday, the opening ceremony was slated to happen before Qatar's first game, which would have resulted in the unusual situation of having two games precede it. The first game in Qatar was then moved up by a day.
The opening ceremony will take place at the 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium, which is 40 kilometers north of Doha. The Al Bayt Stadium is named after and designed like the nomadic tents used in the Gulf and is one of the most distant yet largest stadiums from central Doha. Additionally, the roof is retractable.
FIFA has not yet made public the full roster of artists for the opening ceremony. According to BTS, one of the seven members of the South Korean boy band will sing a song named "Dreamers" during the occasion. According to The Telegraph, other artists that have been cited as prospective opening ceremony performers include Robbie Williams, The Black Eyed Peas, and Nora Fatehi.
British artist Dua Lipa refuted rumors that she will take the stage. Some Spanish media outlets claim that Shakira also declined to perform. Singer Rod Stewart reportedly turned down a job in Qatar that would have earned over $1 million, according to The Times.
British pop singer Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina both sang at the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony in Moscow. Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, both spoke at the opening ceremony.