Basra Sports City

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Basra Sports City Stadium
Basra International Stadium.JPG
Full name Basra Sports City Stadium
Location Southern Basra, Iraq
Owner Government of Iraq
Capacity 65,227[1][2]
Surface Track & Field (Grass)
Construction
Built 2009–2013
Opened 12 October 2013
Construction cost £550 Million - Half A Billion
Architect 360 Architecture And Newport Global
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer Abdullah Al-Jaburi
Main contractors Abdullah Al-Jaburi
Tenants
Iraq national football team

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

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

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 project is expected to be one of the largest sports complexes in the Middle East.[citation needed]

The main stadium will be a multilevel structure with 60,000 capacity, 20 suites, and 230 VIP seats. The complex will also have 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 will be cast-in-place concrete with precast stadia seating. The roof structure will be steel and cantilever 30 meters from the back support column of the upper deck with a 15-meter back-span. The stadium will be 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 originated 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.[3]

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