FIFA’s World Cup trophy, which arrived on Thursday, is officially on display to the public today (Saturday) at the Aspire Zone.
This is the trophy’s first appearance in Qatar, which is slated to host the World Cup in 2022. The solid gold cup is set up inside a fan zone that takes visitors through a “journey,” beginning with a greeting from the official football of the 2014 World Cup, “Brazuca.”
Next comes a shootout game, in which kids can kick footballs into nets, and a pavilion to play video games. Upon exiting the fan zone, visitors are guided to the trophy viewing area inside the Aspire Dome. At the start, there’s a booth that plays a 3-min-long video in hologram form of World Cup highlights.
Once inside the trophy viewing booth (there are two viewing areas for the public and VIPs), a photo team will take pictures with visitors and the trophy. The photos are available for pickup on location, and will also be made available online on the trophy tour website.
Plenty of sponsors have lined up to host the event, including Coca Cola, which is hosting the entire trophy tour and giving out free drinks; Sony; Kia; Adidas; and McDonald’s, which is handing out french fries.
Visiting hours end tonight at 10pm, and the trophy heads to Abu Dhabi tomorrow.
Have you viewed the trophy yet? Thoughts?