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Thousands of World Cup 2022 fans forced to queue for TWO HOURS in scorching 32C heat after fan zone festival opens late

THE WORLD CUP fan zone reportedly got off to a nightmare start as thousands of fans were left queuing for TWO HOURS in scorching heat.

The official Fifa Fan Festival in Doha opened on Saturday ahead of the big kick-off tomorrow between Qatar and Ecuador.

The World Cup fan zone endured a nightmare opening day on Saturday
Thousands of fans had to wait over two hours in extreme heat to get in
A group of Mexican fans had to wait two hours for the Fifa Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park
Thousands of supporters eventually got in as the party began

Thousands of fans wanted to get into the World Cup spirit as excitement mounted and headed to the fan zone in Al Bidda Park.

It can hold around 40,000 people and it was due to open its gates at 4pm local time but a number of fans got there early to ensure a quick entry.

The Daily Mail claims by 3:30pm a huge line had already formed “but the doors did not open for another hour” and fans were “unable to buy any water to stay hydrated in the 31 degree heat”.

It also states that no water fountains have been installed around the park or even the nearest metro station.

They spoke to a group of Mexicans who had been forced to wait in the extreme conditions, and they were told: “We have been waiting here two hours.

“We cannot buy any water, we did not bring any with us.

“We don’t know when we will get inside, they [security] cannot tell us anything. Hopefully we can get in soon.”

The Mail added that they spoke to an American family who had left the queue after 45 minutes as they had been told their three kids were not allowed in.


The mother said: “We can’t go inside with the children, they are saying it won’t be so nice for them in there.

“We will probably go somewhere else to one of the Souqs.”

No reason was allegedly given to why there was a hold up for the opening.

It is free entry for the fan park, which is open each day right until the World Cup Final on December 18.

Thousands of fans from across the globe are set to descend on the fan zone
The fan zone is the only place fans can get a pint after the stadium booze ban
The fan festival went on into the night after the earlier problems
The World Cup 2022 starts on Sunday when Qatar take on Ecuador

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