World Cup fans complain that the Qatari hosts have overdone the air conditioning in stadiums
The latest complaint from World Cup fans is that the stadiums are too COLD: sweater-clad fans say hosts Qatar have gone overboard with the air conditioning
- Cold air conditioning in Qatar stadiums has left fans searching for bridges
- There were initial fears that the strong heat would be a problem for the World Cup.
- Fans are now complaining that it’s too cold with temperatures dipping to 19C
It may be the first World Cup held in a sweltering desert, but shivering fans complain that the stadiums are too cold.
Huge air conditioning funnels are sending blasts of ice around the stands.
Goaded by skeptics who feared footballers would wither in the harsh Middle Eastern sun, Qatar has spent millions cooling its eight stadiums.
But fans said the hosts had gone too far, especially during night games when desert temperatures drop from 30C (86F) to around 19C (66F).
Some English fans at the team’s first match against Iran could be seen donning sweaters.
Cold football fans have complained that air-conditioned stadiums in Qatar are “too cold”, with fans at England’s match against Iran earlier this week seen grabbing sweaters and even throwing on coats.
Even a local Qatari fan, Faisal Rasheed, 40, had to wear his maroon sweatshirt, the color of his nation’s flag. He said, ‘It’s actually too cold.’
Mario Sanchez, 33, a fan from Chicago, in the US, said: ‘Actually it feels a bit cold, but that’s because it’s very windy.’
When Qatar was awarded the right to host the World Cup, there was consternation at the thought of the tournament being played in summer temperatures in the Gulf state that can reach 50°C (122°F).
Goaded by skeptics who feared footballers would wither in the harsh Middle Eastern sun, Qatar has spent millions cooling its eight stadiums. A family at the Khalifa International Stadium seen wearing jumpers
Even after authorities pushed back the date to make it the first winter World Cup, organizers vowed to make the courts cool enough for the players.
Stadiums have been fitted with nozzles placed under the seats and giant air vents at the top of the stands.
Saud Abdul Ghani, a Qatar University engineer nicknamed ‘Dr Cool’ after working for 13 years on the solar-powered cooling system, said the heat had to be offset to prevent fans from becoming dehydrated from sweating too much. .
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, however, said the conditions were right for the players on the pitch. And he added: “I think it was cold in the stands. But as players it was the perfect temperature for us. With the air conditioning system in place it is very good’
But supporters said its technology was working too well.
However, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said the conditions were just right for the players on the pitch.
He said: ‘I think it was cold in the booth. But as players it was the perfect temperature for us. With the air conditioning system in place it is very good.’