The remarkable phenomenon already started with Qatar’s opening match against Ecuador. The stadium announcer announced during the match that 67,400 fans were present at the Al Baty stadium, while the stadium has an official capacity of 60,000, according to FIFA.

The number of fans was also higher than the official capacity of the stadium at other matches.

On Tuesday, FIFA will come up with an explanation for that difference. According to the World Football Association, the capacity of the stadiums was rounded down.

Due to the new numbers, 46,231 more people fit in all stadiums together. For example, the Lusail stadium can accommodate almost 89,000 spectators instead of the previously communicated 80,000.

Why FIFA first communicated a lower capacity is not immediately clear. A possible explanation is that the World Football Association would not like to admit that the stadiums are not sold out. That was the case for the first four matches of the World Cup.

Source: Sporza

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