How do you air-condition a World Cup?

Try The Athletic for FREE for 30 days: Qatar is hot. Even in the winter, during the 2022 World Cup temperatures are predicted to be between 25-30 degrees celsius. So how do you bring temperatures low enough to play football in? Air-conditioning is the last line of defence. So how are the organisers managing the heat? How have architects made sure the stadiums stay cool? And how are all of those air-conditioning units going to work? Written by David Goldblatt, illustrated by Henry Cooke. Follow Tifo Football: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: Listen to the Tifo Football podcast: The Athletic UK: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Watch more Tifo Football: Tactics Explained: Finances & Laws: Tifo Football Podcast: Most Recent Videos: 1 Popular Videos: About Tifo Football: Tifo loves football. We create In-depth tactical, historical and geopolitical breakdowns of the beautiful game. We know there’s an appetite for thoughtful, intelligent content. For stuff that makes the complicated simple. We provide analysis on the Premier League, Champions League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, World Cup and more. Our podcasts interview some of the game’s leading figures. And our editorial covers football with depth and insight. Founded in 2017 and became a part of The Athletic in 2020. For business inquiries, reach out to [email protected] Music sourced from Additional footage sourced from #WorldCup #Qatar #FIFA

16 thoughts on “How do you air-condition a World Cup?

  1. I’m so glad I’ve been in Mexico and I know what these numbers mean, otherwise I’d be looking up the conversion’s, I don’t know the exact number but I have a general idea of what is hot/ super hot

  2. People trust me you are gonna freeze to death in there because of all the air conditioning I have been there in the FIFA Arab cup which was also held in winter

  3. Tbh those temperatures really aren’t even that warm. Gurantee we get headline talking about how cold it is in stadiums. If anything could be bad if players trains hours during the day on open fields in direct sunlight then play in much cooler conditions. Like going into the shade when on holiday….it’s suddenly freezing which ain’t great for the body of an athlete.

  4. if you look on Google Earth the stadiums are oriented with the long sides bearing north-south instead? unlike the illustration here. Does that change the shading effect?

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