Qatar also plans to have air-conditioned stadiums, since summertime temperatures can reach 130 degrees. Qatar's plan has them building nine new stadiums, and renovating four more, then after the tournament the stadiums will be taken apart, and sent to other countries in the world. Sounds like a pretty crazy plan, but FIFA ate it up, and gave them the cup over the U.S.
This decision is yet another cheap shot that the rest of the world has taken at the U.S. First the idiots on the Olympic committee remove softball and baseball from the summer games, and FIFA gives the World Cup to a tiny Middle Eastern country.
The World Cup here in 1994 was a huge success, it sold the most tickets in the history of the event, and featured Brazil winning the title. The U.S. also has several stadiums that would fit the criteria for a World Cup, such as the Palace in Dallas, the new Giants Stadium, among others. It wasn't like the US lost to Brazil, England, or Spain, but to a country the size of Connecticut.
This move also effects sponsors like Budweiser. It will be hard to sell beer to a country that more than likely won't allow alcohol to be served within the stadium limits. Also, PDA is a big no-no in the Arab world. Hell, you thought a World Cup in South Africa would be dangerous, well compared to the Middle East, South Africa is Candy Land.
Now, if you are anything like me, you probably know nothing about the nation of Qatar, so I figured I'd enlighten you all.
- Muslim's constitute 77.6 % of the population. The population as a whole is 1.39 million.
- Qatar has the largest fines in the world for traffic violations.
- During the month of Ramadan, eating, smoking, and drinking in public is strictly forbidden.
- According to Qatar's Sharia Law, it is illegal to drink in public.
- Arab propaganda news network Al Jazeera is headquartered in Doha, Qatar.