FIFA reveals sites for World Cup fan viewing parties

Oct 9, 2022, 9:03 PM | Updated: Oct 10, 2022, 12:47 pm
FILE - Metamorphosis' at Arcadia features a light show involving a giant spider at the Glastonbury ...

FILE - Metamorphosis' at Arcadia features a light show involving a giant spider at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, June 24, 2016. The Arcadia Spectacular event at a 15,000-capacity site at Ras Bu Fontas close to Doha's new international airport, is among six locations worldwide revealed by FIFA to hold fan festivals during the World Cup in Qatar. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

(Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

ZURICH (AP) — Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro and Dubai Harbour in the United Arab Emirates are among six locations worldwide that stage fan festivals during the World Cup in Qatar.

Mexico City’s Plaza de la República, Sao Paulo’s Anhangabaú Valley, and downtown nightclub venues in London and Seoul, South Korea, also will host official game viewing parties and music events.

Organizers have also hired electronic music events from Saudi Arabia and England to perform during the tournament.

The events will “only be open to consumers of legal drinking age” at the venues co-organized by FIFA and long-time World Cup sponsor AB InBev, which brews the Budweiser, Corona and Brahma brands.

Entry to some events will be free and some will have an entry charge, FIFA said in a statement on Monday.

FIFA also revealed more details of music events planned in Qatar during the Nov. 20-Dec.18 tournament.

The electronic music festival Aravia, run by a Saudi Arabian events organizer, will be staged at a 5,500-capacity site at Al Wakrah.

The Arcadia Spectacular event, staging DJs beneath a fire-breathing, giant metal spider structure, has been a feature of the storied Glastonbury music and culture summer festival in England. It will be on a 15,000-capacity site at nearby Ras Bu Fontas, also close to Doha’s new international airport next to the Persian Gulf.

Qatari World Cup officials and the music promoters have not detailed ticket prices for their World Cup shows.

The main fan festival site for watching the 64 tournament games is at Al Bidda Park on the southern tip of the Corniche waterfront.

Qatar has relaxed some restrictions on where and when alcohol can be consumed in the emirate so that AB InBev beers can be sold at official fan parties and game viewing areas.

___

AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

El volante inglés Jude Bellingham previo al partido contra Senegal por los octavos de final del Mu...
Associated Press

Which World Cup starlet can replace Messi and Ronaldo?

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not ready to say goodbye to the World Cup just yet. But the clock is ticking on their careers and Qatar could be the last time we see them on soccer’s biggest stage. With that in mind, thoughts naturally turn to a new generation and […]
1 day ago
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, center, stands with his teammates during the World Cup round of 16 so...
Associated Press

Portugal stepping out of Ronaldo’s long shadow at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — To Bruno Fernandes, World Cup teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous athlete in sports. Joao Felix has described Ronaldo as “irreplaceable.” Gonçalo Ramos, Portugal’s new 21-year-old star, has never known his national team without Ronaldo involved in it. A future without the country’s greatest ever player could be a daunting […]
1 day ago
Spain's head coach Luis Enrique reacts to supporters at the end of the World Cup round of 16 soccer...
Associated Press

Luis Enrique out as Spain coach after World Cup elimination

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation said Thursday that Luis Enrique will not continue as coach of the men’s national team following its elimination in the round of 16 of the World Cup. The announcement comes two days after Spain lost to Morocco 3-0 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw in […]
1 day ago
Spain's Ansu Fati, left, and Spain's Aymeric Laporte stand in dejection at the end of the World Cup...
Associated Press

Spain’s ‘tiki-taka’ under attack again after World Cup loss

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Morocco players fell back on defense and patiently watched as Spain kept passing the ball around midfield during their round of 16 match at the World Cup. Side to side, from one Spanish player to another. Pass after pass, Spain tried to find an opening through the Moroccan defense, but […]
1 day ago
England's Raheem Sterling looks down the field during the World Cup group B soccer match between En...
Associated Press

England player Raheem Sterling to return to World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Raheem Sterling will rejoin England’s World Cup squad after a break-in at his home in the U.K. The Chelsea forward had left England’s camp in Qatar to be with his family, which meant he missed his country’s 3-0 win against Senegal in the round of 16 on Sunday. But he will […]
1 day ago
New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (21) and Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55...
Associated Press

Rangers use 4-goal 3rd period to beat Golden Knights 5-1

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mika Zibanejad had two goals and an assist, and the New York Rangers scored three times in 1:54 in the third period to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-1 on Wednesday night. New York’s Artemi Panarin reached 600 career points, picking up his milestone point when he found Zibanejad, whose one-timer […]
1 day ago
FIFA reveals sites for World Cup fan viewing parties