AsianCup2023 Adds World-class Lusail Stadium To Elevate Fan Experience

Imane Ouaissa

August 25, 2023

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) today confirmed that the opening match and eagerly anticipated Final of the upcoming edition of Asia’s crown jewel are set to be played at one of the largest match venues ever in tournament history.
The iconic Lusail Stadium, which most recently staged the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final, will rise to the fore again by hosting the first match between defending champions Qatar and Lebanon in Group A on Friday, 12 January, 2024. The kick-off will now be at 7pm local time.
The AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ will return to the Lusail Stadium when it culminates in the Final on Saturday, 10 February, 2024 at 6pm.
With a capacity of 88,000, the Lusail Stadium will be one of the largest match venues in AFC Asian Cup™ history behind Tehran’s Aryamehr Stadium, which seated 100,000 spectators during the 1976 final between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Kuwait, and the 88,083-capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta that hosted seven matches in 2007.
The addition of the world-class Lusail Stadium, which hosted 10 World Cup matches, will elevate the match-going experience for passionate Asian football fans in Doha as they get the opportunity to take in an architectural marvel that showcases the heritage and culture of Qatar, who are hosting the showpiece for a record third time.
The rest of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ will take place at eight other stadiums, as confirmed in April, including the Al Bayt Stadium, which was the original venue for the first and final matches.
Due to Lusail Stadum’s confirmation as the ninth venue, and considering key functional areas such as transportation, venue and match operations as well as pitch playability, among others, further changes have been made to the official match schedule of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™.
For the full match schedule, please click HERE.
*All timings indicated in Qatar local time