On March 2, 2019, Over 4,000 people came out to the Audi Field so they could Kick it With Qatar, a soccerfest hosted by the Qatar Embassy, D.C. United, and D.C. Scores! With free admission, great Qatari-inspired food prepared by 16 different vendors, musical performances, art displays, virtual reality experiences, and family friendly activities, how could anyone pass up such a fun-filled day?
Attendees could wear V.R. headsets to see the stadiums. They met soccer superstars from the D.C. United team and watched them perform. Fans of all ages got a chance to experience Qatari culture. Many stopped by QAI’s tables that proudly displayed three art pieces from the Ruwad exhibition.
The upcoming World Cup will be different from any before. Fans came prepared with many questions and concerns about the preparation process, the time of year the tournament would happen, and how the players and fans will beat the heat.
True or False: Qatar will be the first country in the Middle East to host a World Cup?
True: More than 2 billion people living within a four-hour flight of Qatar will make Qatar an easy destination and increase the number of visitors to the region.
True or False: Qatar plans to have eight stadiums by 2020?
True: The stadiums will have innovative designs that will leave the lightest environmental footprint of any modern-day World Cup.
True or False: Qatar will air condition the entire country for the FIFA World Cup?
False. There will be no need as the weather will be naturally cool.
True or False: The 2022 World Cup will take place during the Fall?
True: The tournament will start in November and end in December on Qatar National Day.
Fatima Al Nuaimi, the Communications Director for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, alongside Bethany Henderson, the D.C Scores Executive Director, and Andy Bush, the D.C. United Chief Revenue Officer, participated in a fireside chat. They answered questions from the audience and discussed their plans, considerations, and how they give back to communities across the world.
Although it is about three years away, the excitement for the next FIFA World Cup cannot be extinguished.