Basrah Sport City
Using the power of sport to unite people across geographic and cultural divisions, this historymaking, multi-use complex is meant to spur growth and development in Iraq as well as reintroduce its athletes and teams to the world stage.
The design is unique and specific to Iraq. It reflects Arab architectural influences as well as age-old regional icons, recalling a proud past while serving as a bridge to a modern era focused on renewal.
The project was initiated by Iraq's selection to host the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations, or Khaleeji, a biennial soccer tournament for Arab countries. The centerpiece of the initial, $500 million phase of the project is the 65,000-seat main stadium, which is surrounded by a man-made lake in the shape of Iraq. The first phase also includes a 10,000-seat secondary stadium, four training soccer fields, team housing, and a fire s tation, among other facilities and infrastructure. 360 Architecture also master planned the site.
The project is the largest of its kind that the country has ever built. It is a design-build project, with Iraq's Ministry of Youth and Sport as the client, 360 Architecture teamed with Iraqi contractor Al-Jiburi, and design members from around the world. Working across numerous borders, not only geography but also language, security and technology, the team is meeting an aggressive schedule in a region recovering from war and unaccustomed to construction projects of this complexity.
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