Fan Park farce! Supporters left waiting in scorching temperatures
EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of sweltering World Cup fans are forced to queue for TWO HOURS in searing 90F afternoon heat – with no water fountains nearby – as fan parks are LATE to open in FIFA’s latest Qatar shambles
- Supporters at Doha’s fan parks had to wait more than two hours to gain entry
- Opening time of 4pm in Qatar was delayed with fans stood in scorching heat
- Supporters were afforded no option to buy water as temperatures reached 90F
- Family advised to leave after officials stated young children were not allowed in
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Thousands of fans were forced to wait in two-hour long queues in searing temperatures at the official FIFA fan park in Doha.
The park was due to open at 4pm local time but supporters began gathering earlier in the day to ensure a quick entry.
Huge lines had already formed at 3.30pm but the doors did not open for another hour, with fans unable to buy any water to stay hydrated as they waited.
There are also no water fountains anywhere around the fan park.
One group of Mexican fans told Sportsmail they had been waiting over two hours but had still not managed to get inside.
‘We have been waiting here two hours,’ one fan said. ‘We cannot buy any water, we did not bring any with us.
Queues for Doha’s Fan Festival spread out as fans were delayed entry for more than one hour
No reason was provided as to the why supporters’ entrance to the fan park had been delayed
Supporters attempting the enter the park were forced to wait in scorching temperatures with no access to water
‘We don’t know when we will get inside, they [security] cannot tell us anything. Hopefully we can get in soon.’
There were two queues on either side of the fan park, with the side the Mexican supporters were located eventually being shut off.
Hundreds of security guards were deployed on the entrance to that side of the queue.
No reason was given for the delay in opening the doors to allow fans inside the park.
A family from the United States, who had been waiting for nearly 45 minutes, ended up leaving the queue because they were told their young children would not be allowed inside.
A family with young children were advised that they would not be allowed inside by officials
Supporters attempting to leave the fan park were forced to walk for 15 minutes
Even at the closest station at West Bay there was no option to buy or fill up water bottles
Fans enduring the wait were offered some light relief by a Qatar band that played drums for ten minutes
‘We can’t go inside with the children, they are saying it won’t be so nice for them in there,’ the mother said.
‘We will probably go somewhere else to one of the Souqs.’
Supporters wanting to leave the fan park also have to walk 15 minutes due to the nearest station being exit only.
The next closest station is West Bay but there is also nowhere to buy water or fill up bottles.
Fans who chose to stay in the long queues were provided with some entertainment from a Qatar band, who were playing the drums. But this only lasted for around 10 minutes.
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