The Best Airports Where You Can Watch the 2018 World Cup

Changi Airport football shaped seats big screen © Changi Airport Group

No one wants to miss an important 2018 World Cup match just because they’re on the move! Luckily many airports have football fever too and are doing all they can to help you watch the matches and get into a football frenzy. Here are some examples.

  • You won’t have to miss out on the ‘watching with the crowd’ atmosphere at Munich Airport – it’s showing all matches live in a big screen in front of a specially-built grandstand for up to 2,000 people, located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Fan zone crowd big screen Munich Airport © Munich Airport
  • The newly-launched fan zone at Doha Airport offers three viewing areas designed to resemble a living room, a stadium and a traditional Arabic seating area used for receiving guests – a majlis. The Lamp Bear area has been redone like a football pitch and there will be pop-up entertainment for the next few weeks including football freestylers, impromptu football matches and flag face-painting.
Lamp Bear football pitch fan zone Doha Airport © Baher Amin / The Peninsula
  • Changi Airport has set up a 7 meter by 4 meter screen in T3 close to the Skytrain station, where you can watch 33 key matches from a carpeted viewing area with lounge chairs and football-shaped inflatable seats. There are also TV clusters in the other terminals which have been given a ‘football stadium’ makeover and offer face painting and caricature artists.
Changi Airport football shaped seats big screen © Changi Airport Group
  • At Frankfurt Airport you can watch the match on a large TV screen pre-security but to make sure you don’t miss any action while you’re clearing security, some airport employees will be wearing screens on their backs. The matches will be shown in plenty of cafes and restaurants airside and at Pier B in T1, live broadcasts of some matches will be shown on a 21-meter curved screen.
  • Zurich Airport is broadcasting all matches live at Foodland, with a special World Cup bar and menus. There’s also a pop-up sports shop next door where you can buy any of the teams’ shirts and have it printed with the name and number of your favorite player.
  • If you want to get in on the action rather than just watch a game, Heathrow Airport has football tables in every terminal after security, with special tournaments between June 14 and July 15 when you can play against fellow passengers. For kids there’s a Mr Adventure and Little Miss Explorer app which offers an augmented reality hunt for footballs around the terminal. There are also plenty of places around the airport while you enjoy a beer and burger from one of the special summer menus.
Football tables tournaments every terminal Heathrow Airport © Heathrow
British pub Biggles Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai © Biggles
  • Or if you’re on a layover and have time to leave the airport to support your team, here are some suggestions for where to watch the match in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Manchester and Tokyo. There’s also a fan zone in Doha (at Ali bin Hamad Al Attiyah Stadium).
Doha Fan zone World Cup Ali bin Hamad Al Attiyah Stadium © Abdul Basit / The Peninsula
Wherever you are in the world, and wherever you need to get to, there’s no need to miss out on the action, or even the atmosphere. Enjoy the match!

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