Basra Sports City

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Basra Sports City Stadium
Basra International Stadium.JPG
Full nameBasra Sports City Stadium
LocationSouthern Basra, Iraq
OwnerGovernment of Iraq
Capacity65,227[1][2]
SurfaceTrack & Field (Grass)
Construction
Built2009–2013
Opened12 October 2013
Construction cost£550 Million - Half A Billion
Architect360 Architecture And Newport Global
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerAbdullah Al-Jaburi
Main contractorsAbdullah Al-Jaburi
Tenants
Iraq national football team Al-Mina'a Sport Club

Basra Sports City (Arabic: مدينة البصرة الرياضية‎) is a sports complex in Basra, Southern Iraq.

Overview[edit]

Its construction started on 15 July 2009 and was completed on 12 October 2013. The sports city is being funded by the government of Iraq with a budget of $550 million, contributed to contain the main stadium with a capacity of 60,000 people, a secondary stadium with a capacity of 20,000, four Five Stars hotels and other sports-related facilities.[3]

The contract of this project was given to Abdullah Al-Jaburi, a major Iraqi construction contractor, two American companies, 360 architecture and Newport Global.

The main stadium is a multilevel structure with 60,000 capacity, 20 suites, and 230 VIP seats. The complex also has VIP lounges and restaurants, spectator facilities, 205 VIP underground parking stalls and a tunnel connecting the main stadium to the secondary stadium. The basic structure was cast-in-place concrete with precast stadia seating. The roof structure is steel and cantilever 30 meters from the back support column of the upper deck with a 15-meter back-span. The stadium is enveloped with a curtain wall of multidirectional curved elements.[citation needed]

The stadium is the tenant for Naft Al-Janoob and Al-Minaa sports club who both play in Basra.

Iraq played their first ever international game at the 65,000-seater Basra Sports City Stadium on 1 June 2017, beating Jordan 1–0.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gpsmartstadium.com/portfolio-view/basra-sports-city-stadium/
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Wc-fkjhpI
  3. ^ "Iraq constructing new sport facilities".
  4. ^ "History is made as Iraq beat Jordan in the first game at Basra Sports City" (PDF). Iraqi-Football.com.

Coordinates: 30°26′25″N 47°46′51″E / 30.44028°N 47.78083°E / 30.44028; 47.78083