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Football fans will soon be able to enjoy the World Cup proceedings as the date for the opening ceremony is only days away. The opening ceremony of this grand football tournament is expected to be a stunning celebration full of light and color as is traditional for events of this sort.

Keep reading to know more about the World Cup opening ceremony including the dates, time, location, and the list of expected performers. Here’s everything we know so far about the World Cup opening ceremony.

World Cup opening ceremony 2022

The World Cup opening ceremony will signify the official start of the competition. If past renditions are any indication, the opening ceremony will involve some of the world’s biggest and most celebrated artists and performers.

Without a doubt, this year’s opening ceremony will be a memorable event as it is the first World Cup to be held in winter as well as in an Arab country.

World Cup opening ceremony 2022 timing

The World Cup opening ceremony will take place on 20 November before the tournament’s first Group A match between host Qatar and Ecuador. The opening ceremony will begin one hour before the game at 17:00 AST (GMT+3) / 09:00 ET.

World Cup opening ceremony 2022 stadium

The World Cup opening ceremony will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium in the city of Al Khor. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 60,000 and will also be the venue for one of the semifinals.

World Cup opening ceremony 2022 artists and singers

Shakira, who is well known for her performances at previous opening ceremonies, will reportedly be one of the performers. Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, the Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin, Nora Fatehi, and other acts have all been suggested as potential performers.

In addition, early in September, American rapper Lil Baby released the World Cup’s official anthem. Shortly after, he tweeted to announce that he would be participating in the competition in some way.

FIFA is yet to announce a full list of performers for the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony, however, it has been confirmed that Bollywood singer Nora Fatehi will perform the World Cup single “Light The Sky” with BTS’s Jung Kook.

World Cup opening ceremony 2022 tickets

To obtain your ticket for the World Cup opening ceremony and opening match, please consult our dedicated article below.

World Cup Tickets: How to Get Your Match Tickets?

Where to tune in for the opening ceremony?

You can enjoy the opening ceremony and the first match of the World cup from home by turning in to one of these channels below:


Middle East
beIN Sports

PTV Sports


United Kingdom 

United States
Fox, Telemundo


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