It has been announced by FIFA that alcohol will not be available in stadiums during the World Cup in Qatar.
In an official statement made by FIFA on Friday, November 18, 2022, it was confirmed that alcoholic beverages would be removed from “Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters”.
“Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters,” the statement read.
It continued: “There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums. Host country authorities and FIFA will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans. The tournament organisers appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuous support to our joint commitment to cater for everyone during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”
This change in rules comes after it was announced in September that alcohol would be available for fans inside stadiums to purchase before and after matches. However, alcohol would not be available to purchase during playtime.
Despite the change in rules, alcohol will still be served in dedicated hospitality zones such as the FIFA Fan Festival, located in Al Bidda Park in Doha. It will be open from 10am to 2am.
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