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.