FIFA reveals venues for World Cup fan viewing parties

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FILE – Metamorphosis’ at Arcadia presents a light show involving a giant spider at the Glastonbury Music Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, England on June 24, 2016. The Arcadia Spectacular event at a 15,000 capacity venue in Ras Bu Fontas near Doha’s new international airport, is one of six locations around the world revealed by FIFA to hold fan festivals during the World Cup in Qatar. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

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Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and the Port of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are among six locations around the world that hold fan festivals during the World Cup in Qatar.

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

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

Events will only be “open to consumers of legal drinking age” at venues co-hosted by FIFA and longtime World Cup sponsor AB InBev, which brews Budweiser brands , Corona and Brahma.

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

FIFA has also revealed more details about the musical events planned in Qatar during the tournament from November 20 to December 18.

The Aravia electronic music festival, run by a Saudi Arabian event organizer, will take place at a 5,500-seat venue in Al Wakrah.

The Arcadia Spectacular event, featuring DJs under a giant fire-breathing metal spider structure, was one of the features of England’s famous Glastonbury summer festival of music and culture. It will be on a site with a capacity of 15,000 seats near Ras Bu Fontas, also near the new Doha International Airport, next to the Arabian Gulf.

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

The main festival site for fans to watch all 64 tournament matches is at Al Bidda Park, at 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.

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This story was originally published October 10, 2022 11:05 a.m.

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