EXCLUSIVE World Cup stadium stands can be alcohol free below Qatari curbs – supply

DOHA, July 7 (Reuters) – Qatar’s World Cup stadium stands are set to be alcohol-free, with beer gross sales exterior arenas solely allowed earlier than and after some matches, a supply with information of plans for the soccer event stated.

This yr’s World Cup is the primary to be held in a Muslim nation with strict controls on alcohol, presenting distinctive challenges for organisers of an occasion typically related to beer consuming followers and sponsored by international brewing manufacturers.

“At stadiums, the plans are nonetheless being finalised, however the present dialogue is to permit followers to have beer upon arrival and when leaving stadium, however beer will not be served in the course of the match or contained in the stadium bowl,” the supply instructed Reuters.

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A doc dated June 2 and seen by Reuters offers the primary perception into how organisers plan to deal with the calls for of an estimated 1.2 million soccer followers, lots of whom are used to consuming beer with out limits on match days.

Soccer’s relationship with booze has lengthy been a difficult one and within the lead as much as the 2014 World Cup, Brazil lifted a ban on alcohol at stadiums, after stress from governing physique FIFA.

There was a query mark over alcohol at this yr’s event because the Gulf Arab state received internet hosting rights in 2010. Whereas not a “dry” state like neighbouring Saudi Arabia, consuming alcohol in public locations is unlawful in Qatar.

Nevertheless, followers at November’s World Cup can even have the ability to purchase beer throughout restricted instances in sure elements of the primary FIFA fan zone within the Al Bidda park in Doha, the Qatari capital.

“Not like earlier World Cup fan zones, beer will not be served all day lengthy, however at restricted instances,” the supply added.

Alcohol can even be obtainable for 15,000 to twenty,000 followers on a disused nook of the Doha Golf Membership, some kilometres away from stadiums and the primary fan zone, the doc reveals.

As well as, a sandy plot surrounded by a 3 metre wall and positioned between the supply entrance of a resort and a district cooling plant can be remodeled into a ten,000 capability venue promising Techno music and alcohol, the doc reveals.

A spokesperson for the organisers, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy, stated that along with FIFA they’ll announce plans on the provision of alcohol on the 28-day event “in the end”.

“Alcohol is already obtainable in designated areas in Qatar, resembling motels and bars, and this is not going to change in 2022. With the goal of catering to visiting followers in 2022, alcohol can be obtainable in further designated areas in the course of the event,” the spokesperson stated.


Though FIFA’s web site advertises free flowing “beers, Champagne, sommelier-selected wines, and premium spirits” in stadium VIP hospitality suites, alcohol was not offered in stadiums in December throughout a check occasion for the World Cup.

Guests are prohibited from carrying alcohol into Qatar, even from airport responsibility free, and so they can not store on the nation’s solely liquor retailer, on the outskirts of Doha, the place international residents with permits should buy for house consumption.

Alcohol may be purchased by guests to Qatar at a handful of licensed motels and golf equipment, the place a pint of beer can price $18.

The value of beer contained in the fan zones and near the stadium has not but been agreed, the supply stated.

Earlier this yr, one other supply near the discussions instructed Reuters that alcohol costs can be capped within the fan zones, declaring that on the FIFA Membership World Cup in 2019 a pint of beer price round 5 kilos ($6.55). learn extra

Though the doc anticipates “robust demand for worldwide drinks”, it says the primary get together zone adjoining to FIFA’s fan competition can be alcohol-free, providing as much as 70,000 followers a six kilometre “household pleasant” avenue carnival.

Guidelines about alcohol gross sales in soccer stadiums differ all over the world. In England, alcohol is offered at stadium concourses, however followers can not drink it in sight of the pitch whereas in France none is permitted on stadium grounds.

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Reporting by Andrew Mills; Modifying by Alexander Smith

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