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WATCH: Qatar opens first 2022 World Cup stadium to public

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Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee have announced the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha is now open to the public - the first venue to be complete for the tournament five years away.

The stadium, originally built in 1976, has been expanded to seat more than 40,000 spectators with cooling technology that keeps the pitch at a maximum of 26 degrees Celsius with around 28 degree heat in the stands.

Friday will see the first game at the renovated stadium with the final of the domestic Emir Cup pitting Al-Rayyan against Al-Sadd.

The stadium has not come without tragedy as a British man fell to his death in the stadium in January - the third fatality at a World Cup site in a 12-month period.

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