The World Cup Is an Experience That You Can’t Buy With Money | World cup 2022

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The enormous, fire-breathing spider has responded with a positive yes, which is good news. After all, it is difficult to imagine the World Cup without its most cherished custom: A monstrous arachnid-shaped 50 tons of decommissioned crane that has been filled with highly flammable fuel and, hopefully, less flammable D.J.s.

The spider will serve as the focal point of one of the cultural highlights of the World Cup in Qatar this winter: the Arcadia Spectacular, a month-long electronic music festival held just south of Doha that boasts an “electrifying atmosphere, extraordinary sculpted stages, and the most immersive shows on earth.” Though it was only revealed at a relatively late stage in World Cup preparations, organizers anticipate it to draw about 200,000 attendees.

The idea was transparently inspired by England’s Glastonbury Festival, where the spider has been a regular feature for ten years. They should all be warned that they will “be mesmerized late into the night.” It turns out. But the spider won’t be alone, and when you’re a terrifying metallic behemoth, that might be a problem.

Qatar 2022 will also include other music festivals in addition to the Arcadia Spectacular. Another one, hosted by a company called MDLBEAST, will take place at Al Wakrah. You can tell it will be cutting-edge because it is written in block capital letters and does not contain any vowels, which are considered to be the most archaic type of letter. But the entertainment options available to fans throughout the tournament go far beyond those specific events.

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Al Maha Island has an ice skating rink, a circus, and a theme park. Lusail is the first World Cup city ever built, and its main boulevard will feature “vehicle parades” and futuristic light shows. The Doha Corniche has four miles of wandering street performers and a “carnival atmosphere.” Of course, there are also beach clubs, fan parks, and the catchily named “Last Mile Cultural Activation” around every stadium for every game. In other words, Qatar has lived up to its promise: It said it would put on a show, and it has. There have been no savings. Nothing has been overlooked. It has big, bold, and spectacular plans for what you could call the tournament experience.

World Cup is emotion & Fans bring the same

It is just unfortunate that they are in no way representative of what fans want or need and that they reveal such a fundamental misunderstanding of what it is that makes a World Cup special on the part of both the local organizers and, more damningly, FIFA itself. Really, it isn’t soccer that brings about the World Cup. Of course, there are times when the games are breathtaking, suspenseful, and heartbreaking because what happens on the field is permanently imprinted on the collective consciousness like a vivid, long-lasting tattoo or an agonizing scar. However, it is typically something more ethereal.

At its core, the World Cup is an emotion. For instance, the French team’s victory in Russia four years ago wasn’t the thing that people remembered the most. A nation of five million people was not led to the brink of ultimate glory by the Croatian team.

It wasn’t even the sight of the defending champion Germany losing in the group stage or Spain’s perplexing self-immolation. No, Nikolskaya, the street in the center of Moscow that became a hub for fans from all over the world, was what made Russia 2018—especially now, given everything that has happened and how surreal that month in the sun now feels.

Nikolskaya was full of flags, bunting, and songs. It was the sight of countless numbers of Peruvians marching through Saransk’s streets with red sashes covering their hearts. It was the awareness that you were never more than six feet from a Colombian, even in a vast land of steppe, mountains, and forest.

This happiness and sense of community affect more than just the attendees. To the countless additional people watching at home, it spreads like a smile. It offers the game’s backdrop in addition to the soundtrack. It transforms stadiums from lifeless bowls into vibrant spaces. A simple soccer competition is elevated to an occasion. One cannot force it. It cannot be made to exist through command. It must gestate, grow, and ferment.

The Idea of hosting the world cup in Qatar and problems

The concept of holding the World Cup in Qatar has a lot of drawbacks. First and foremost, there are persistent worries regarding human rights and the unsettling amorality of a competition founded on indentured labor. Additionally, there is unsettling doubt as to whether or not gay fans will be truly welcomed at this tournament.

Though it is less important than those issues, it is still worth pausing to think about what kind of World Cup this might be because it is there that one can see the most clearly not only what FIFA and Qatar believe the World Cup to be, but also who they believe it is for. Three months prior to the start of the competition, in August, Qatar announced the Arcadia Spectacular, complete with its terrifying steel tarantula.

It seemed strange to introduce such a significant addition to the schedule so quickly, but much of the World Cup has had a distinctly last-minute feel. It’s as if all of the effort and energy went into securing the competition and constructing the stadiums, and only at the very last minute did anyone start to wonder about all of the spectators who might show up.

The accommodations that are supposed to house the million or so fans who are expected to attend in November and December are the best example of this. For the very good reason that not all of it is ready, not all of the lodging being prepared for the tournament is available to book even now, less than two months out. The price is another factor.

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The organizers of the competition insist that Qatar has a “comfortable inventory for fans” and that “up to” 130,000 rooms will be available to host spectators each night of the competition. With options ranging from hotels to villas and apartments to cruise ships, luxurious tents to basic cabins, and even camper vans, there is “something to suit everyone” as well.

According to a spokesman for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the least expensive option is “as low as $80 per room per night.” That is accurate, but it’s not entirely clear what that $80 gets you. Concerns about the amenities offered in the cabin parks are held by a number of organizations that represent fans’ interests.

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One representative said it’s still unclear whether people staying in the parks will be able to watch television or exactly how they’ll get food and water. (The Supreme Committee insists that food trucks will be present at each location.) It is also not entirely clear what percentage of the lodging options could be considered “suitable for the budget-conscious traveler,” as stated on the website of the Qatar Accommodation Agency, the main portal for making hotel reservations in Qatar during the competition.

(When asked what proportion of the rooms available in Qatar for the tournament might be considered relatively inexpensive, the Supreme Committee declined to comment.) For specific dates, there are apartments available for $102 per person, per night, but they come with a warning that supply is running low.

If you don’t get them, the price will rise quickly. Additional choices start at $300 per night. A high-end tent costs more than $400. A cruise ship berth is available starting at about $500. For just one night, hotels can cost thousands of dollars. Of course, price increases during a significant event are commonplace. Fans expect to be taken advantage of to some extent when they choose to attend, and it is important to remember that it is a choice to attend, just as they might at the Champions League final or the Super Bowl, for example.

Flights fair increased already

The cost of flights increases almost immediately. The price of hotel rooms has increased. Private tenants recognize an opening. For a grand celebration of capitalism at its most rapacious, nothing compares to sports. But even though that issue is unquestionably not unique to Qatar, it is undoubtedly worse. The existing network of budget hotels and mid-range hostels, as well as the private homes available on Airbnb, could be used by South Africa, Brazil, and Russia.

Naturally, their costs increased as well, and from bitter personal experience, the photos did not always match the reality, but it was still feasible to attend all of those tournaments on a reasonable budget. The more daring could rent a van, set up a tent, or cram a lot more friends than is prudent into a hotel room. In Qatar, none of those choices are accessible. Almost all of the hotel infrastructure currently in place is upscale. Surprisingly, a lot of the hotels that have been constructed for the tournament are the same. The few hostels appear to be full.

The government of Qatar has finally allowed its citizens to privately rent out their homes, but doing so so last-minutely does not exactly scream “low cost.” This is the World Cup as it is envisioned by Qatar and, it would appear, FIFA as well: a high-end good, a lifestyle experience that can be purchased at a certain price point, a haven for the corporate class, the itinerant rich, and the luxury traveler. It is an event created by consultants, for consultants, the kind of setting where a huge, fire-breathing spider is hired to cover up the lack of sensation with spectacle.

Sadly, it will make this World Cup worse. It is not possible to command a carnival atmosphere to appear. Just as it is impossible to replace the organic, genuine melting of thousands of fans from all over the world with a series of “cultural events” and “sponsor activations,” it is also impossible to take all of the stages, sets, and logistics of Glastonbury and simply recreate them somewhere else.

People & Fans are what make the world cup

The people are what make the World Cup and always have made the World Cup. Not the players on the field, not even the spectators, but the people who simply show up to observe, to take it all in, to add color, sound, and joy. It is difficult to avoid worrying that many of those fans will have been priced out of Qatar or excluded due to the country’s restrictions on entry without a match ticket and that with them the feeling will change, turning the tournament into an ersatz version of itself, a tribute to everything money can buy, up to and including a flame-throwing spider, and everything it cannot.


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