2023 Asian Cup in Qatar: Stadiums and Teams
The upcoming Asian Cup in Qatar is scheduled to take place in nine different stadiums, with seven of them having been utilized for the previous year's World Cup, as confirmed by the local organizing committee on Monday.
Hassan Al Kuwari, who serves as the marketing and communications executive director for the committee, expressed high expectations for the tournament, envisioning significant interest in this prestigious event where the finest players from across Asia will vie for championship honors.
The Asian Cup is set to run from January 12th to February 20th, with both the opening match and the final showdown slated to be held at the grand Lusail Stadium. This particular venue boasts an impressive seating capacity of 88,966 and had previously hosted the World Cup final.
In total, 24 teams will participate in the tournament, and they will be organized into six distinct groups. The seven World Cup venues that will be utilized for this event include Lusail, Al Bayt, Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Ahmad bin Ali, Al Thumama, and Education City stadiums. Additionally, two more venues, the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium and Abdulla bin Khalifa Stadium, will also be brought into play.
Qatar, the host nation, enters the competition as the defending champions, having clinched the title in 2019 with an impressive unbeaten streak. In the group stage, Qatar has been drawn into Group A, where they will contend with China, Tajikistan, and Lebanon.