Basra Sports City
|Full name||Basra International Stadium|
|Location||Southern Basra, Iraq|
|Owner||Government of Iraq|
|Surface||Track & Field (Grass)|
|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|
|Iraq national football team|
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.
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.
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