Basra International Stadium
اِسْتَاد الْبَصْرَة الدُّؤَلِيّ (in Arabic)
ملعب جذع النخلة
|Full name||Basra International Stadium|
|Owner||Government of Iraq|
|Surface||Track & Field (Grass)|
|Broke ground||1 January 2009|
|Opened||12 October 2014|
|Construction cost||£550 Million|
|Architect||360 Architecture And Newport Global|
|Project manager||Newport Global|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||Abdullah Al-Jaburi|
|Main contractors||Abdullah Al-Jaburi|
|Iraq national football team|
Naft Al-Junoob SC
Its construction started on 1 January 2009 and was completed on 12 October 2014. 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 Star hotels and other sports-related facilities.
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 secondary stadium has a capacity of 10,000. 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. The complex has 10,000 parking spaces in total.
The official name is Basra International Stadium but an other appellation is also recurrent in Iraqi sports circles and commonly used in arabic as a nickname : ملعب جذع النخلة which literally means Palm Trunk Stadium. This denomination, also reflected in the external facade of the stadium which is inspired by the undulating bark of the date palm trees, is a clear reference to one of the characteristics of the city of Basra, well known for the cultivation and planting of vast fields of date palm trees.
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