Basra Sports City

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Basra International Stadium
Basra International Stadium.JPG
Full nameBasra International Stadium
LocationSouthern Basra, Iraq
OwnerGovernment of Iraq
SurfaceTrack & Field (Grass)
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
Iraq national football team
Al-Mina'a SC

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


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 65,000 people, a secondary stadium with a capacity of 10,000, 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 65,000 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 International Stadium on 1 June 2017, beating Jordan 1–0.[4]



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  3. ^ "Iraq constructing new sport facilities".
  4. ^ "History is made as Iraq beat Jordan in the first game at Basra Sports City" (PDF).

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