FIFA Fan Festival: Al Bidda Park gets into World Cup spirit ahead of kick-off

The park is filled with activities for all fans.

Al Bidda Park got into the World Cup spirit on Wednesday with a test FIFA Fan Festival event, just four days before the much-anticipated kick-off date.

The test event offered a preview into some of the fan experiences available to visitors throughout the World Cup, from food stalls, zip lining, numerous games, along with plenty of creatively designed seating areas for everyone.

The test event featured DJ performances, a special Michael Jackson tribute show and plenty of 2022 World Cup songs playing on a large screen installed at the park. 

Prominent Qatari comedian and presenter Hamad Al Amari welcomed visitors at the event as the MC.

Located at the heart of Doha, the park is ready to provide a stage to global music acts while highlighting some of the top Qatari talents.

Attendees at the preview event spoke to Doha News about their first experience at the festival.

“Very good, very good. There are many things to do here and there’s so much excitement here so we are very happy. It’s impossible to get bored,” said one football fan clad in an Argentina sweater.

Standing in line outside the venue with hundreds of other visitors, one Canada fan said he was amazed by the number of people attending the test event.

Another shared their excitement for what is expected during the tournament, saying,”I’m very happy to be here, I look forward to witnessing this by myself.”

The festival will be open daily from 20 November until 18 December, allowing fans to watch every match live while being entertained with various performances. At least 40,000 fans are expected to be at the free fan festival. 

Visitors wishing to head to the festival can head towards three Doha Metro stations, including Al Corniche, Al Bidda and The White Palace. Shuttle buses will be stationed near the metro stations to transport visitors to the event’s venue.

“The FIFA Fan Festival will provide fans with an unforgettable experience. They will unite at Al Bidda Park, with the beautiful West Bay skyline as the backdrop, to enjoy wonderful weather, great music and excellent food,” Al Amari said in a previous press release of the event.

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