Qatar 2022 marks the first-ever World Cup to be held in the desert but fans inside stadiums have still been left shivering.
Amid fears that players would struggle in the typically sweltering Middle Eastern climate, tournament organisers invested millions in high-powered air conditioning funnels to keep venues cool.
However, it turns out they are actually chilling stadiums too much, leaving supporters feeling cold at matches.
Per the Daily Mail, temperatures in Qatar can drop considerably in the evenings – falling from 30C to around 19C.
Combined with a noticeable coastal breeze, the air conditioning at the Al Bayt Stadium left some fans at the opening fixture between Qatar and Ecuador reaching for their jumpers.
The same was true for England’s opener against Iran where fans were pictured wrapping up warm for a match that kicked off at 16:00pm local time.
Former Love Island contestant Josh Denzel shared an image of a Three Lions fan wearing a hoodie and keeping his hands in his pockets for warmth during the 6-2 win.
Denzel joked that the air conditioning at the Khalifa International Stadium was ‘working a treat’ as he shared the snap to his Instagram story.
England fan stands with hands in the pockets of his hoodie to stay warm at the World Cup in Qatar
England fan stands with hands in pockets at World Cup
It’s a view shared by locals as Qatari fan Faisal Rasheed told the Associated Press: “Actually, it’s too cold,” he admitted while clutching a maroon sweatshirt.
USA fan Mario Sanchez backed up that sentiment, adding: “It actually feels kind of cold tonight but that’s because it’s really windy!”
Why are fans feeling the cold in World Cup stadiums?
As part of their bid to host the tournament, Qatari officials promised that stadiums would be kept at a comfortable temperature for players and supporters alike.
To help ensure they could meet that pledge, all seven venues that were specifically built for the World Cup were fitted with giant air vents at the top of the stands and cooling nozzles under every seat.
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