Construction of the Basra Sports City complex in Iraq, featuring stadiums, training areas, athlete housing amongst other amenities is progressing as per schedule.
The new Basra Sports City will host the Gulf Cup tournament. The first phase of construction of the multi-million sports complex is about 50% complete.
The centerpiece of the complex will be a 65,000 seater stadium. Basra Sports City also will feature an adjoining 10,000 seat secondary stadium and practice facility designed to International Football Federation and Olympic athletics standards. The facility will also have four training areas, athlete housing, a fire station and a helipad.
In addition to the sports stadiums, there will be training facilities for Iraqi athletes - including a full natatorium, a velodrome, and three smaller arenas for gymnastics, fencing and other indoor sports. A mosque, an amusement park and additional parking facilities will be built in phase two of the project.
The project is being developed under a joint venture between Iraq’s Abdullah al-Jubouri construction company and two US firms – 360 Architecture and Newport Global. The overall cost of the project is IQD522 billion ($450 million).
The complex is scheduled for a grand opening in 2013.