The World Cup is the most prestigious competition in the history of football and we look forward to it every four years. Finally, the starting whistle of the 2022 World Cup has already sounded in Qatar.
Qatar played Ecuador in the first leg at 19:00 Qatari time. This marked the beginning of the first ever World Cup to be held in the Middle East. World Cup host countries in some cases continually invest millions of dollars to improve infrastructure and develop stadiums to host and showcase to fans around the world such a global and unique event as the World Cup.
Now, as World Cup tournaments has already begun, we decided to tell you about the highest cost of hosting the World Cup, which has been growing from 1994 to the present day. and we guarantee that you will be amazed at the huge amount of money spent preparing for the world championships.
The cost of hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
The cost of Qatar’s organization of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is estimated at more than $200 billion, the highest cost in World Cup history after Qatar equipped integrated infrastructure including road networks and inland transport, in addition to building eight air-conditioned stadiums to host World Cup matches.
The cost of the stadiums alone was $6.5 billion, according to the Qatar Supreme Committee on Delivery and Heritage. The Deloitte Foundation stated in a report released in 2013 that Qatar has committed $200 billion to infrastructure construction, $140 billion to host the World Cup, $20 billion to transportation infrastructure, and $20 billion to the hospitality sector.
The cost of hosting the 1994-2018 World Cup
The cost of hosting the World Cup varies from country to country depending on the facilities, infrastructure and stadiums that can host the World Cup.
The cost of hosting the 1994 World Cup in the United States was estimated at $340 million. The 1998 World Cup in France cost the same. Both countries already have the infrastructure and stadiums to host this global event.
The cost of hosting the 2002 FIFA World Cup jumped to $5 billion involving South Korea and Japan, while the Nations League made $1.2 billion at the time.
About $6.2 billion was spent on infrastructure and stadiums when Germany hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup, according to the government, and FIFA’s revenue from the tournament increased to $3.2 billion.
South Africa spent $3.65 billion to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as confirmed by then-South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
When Brazil hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup, spending rose to $13 billion, of which $8.6 billion was for infrastructure work alone, $2.4 billion for infrastructure and stadiums, nearly $2 billion, and to security measures.
And when Russia hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup, costs rose to more than $20 billion, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
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