England fans can drink up to 17 HOURS a day in Qatar after World Cup chiefs draft in Glastonbury event promoters

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ENGLAND fans can drink for up to 17 HOURS a day at the Qatar World Cup.

But they will have to dig deep to get a piece of the desert festival action.

The Arcadia spider is being transported to Qatar for the World Cup

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The Arcadia spider is being transported to Qatar for the World CupCredit: Getty
Booze will not be sold inside stadiums while games are being played

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Booze will not be sold inside stadiums while games are being playedCredit: Reuters

World Cup chiefs, who confirmed that fans will not need proof of Covid vaccinations but will have to have a negative PCR test within 48 hours of travelling to the Gulf state, have contacted Glastonbury event promoters Arcadia to run a Qatar 2022 version.

The “Arcadia Spectacular”, complete with the fire-breathing 50-tonne Glastonbury spider, will offer a capacity of 15,000 per day.

As well as the promised “A-list line ups from the global stage of techno and house music” it will have food options and bars selling alcohol from 10am through to 3am the next day, allowing fans to watch all four daily games in the group stage of the tournament that starts on November 20.

The festival, offering “the most immersive shows on Earth”, will be sited between Doha’s airport to the south of the city and the England team base camp Souk Al-Wakrah hotel, around 20 minutes from the centre of the capital.

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Qatari organisers have yet to confirm the pricing policy but it is understood that beer will be available from around £8 per pint.

But tickets to get into the event are likely to cost £50 per DAY, which is likely to prevent some fans being able to pile in.

World Cup bosses have also set up an official, free to enter Fan Festival, catering for thousands more supporters, in the city centre Al Bidda Park.

That will also serve booze but only from 5pm until the end of the last match of the day, at midnight.

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And alcohol will also be available after fans have passed through match day stadium security gate before and after games.

Bars will be shut during games, though, with no fans allowed to consume alcohol in the stadium “bowl” in sight of the pitch.

The booze news comes as the Qatari government confirmed its Covid regulations for all visitors to the tournament.

Unvaccinated fans are allowed but anybody aged six years or older must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their arrival in Qatar, or a Rapid Antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure.

There will be no quarantine restriction although anybody testing positive in the country will need to isolate and masks are required in hospitals and on public transport.

In addition, all fans and other visitors must download the Ehteraz tracing app on their phones, with a “green” status required to enter any indoor public space.



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