The 2022 World Cup may be the most expensive and lavish sporting event ever.
Qatar, a nation with less than 2 million citizens, will spend more than $200 billion in its preparation to host the 2022 World Cup, USA Today reports based on a story originated by the AP.
Cost-efficiency will not be the theme for the Qatar planning committee, as they get ready to host the world’s biggest soccer tournament. Six new stadiums will be constructed, as well as refurbishing two existing soccer stadiums. A new airport and infrastructure for transportation will be done, as well as a $20-billion investment in tourism.
Qatar was awarded the World Cup in December 2010, beating out the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea. It was a surprise choice considering the summer heat exceeds 40 degrees (104 F) in the desert country.