News / Middle East

Multi-Millon-Dollar Iraqi Sports Complex on Target for 2013 Opening

360 Architecture rendering of Basra Sports City Football Stadium in Iraq
360 Architecture rendering of Basra Sports City Football Stadium in Iraq

Multimedia

Audio
David Byrd

The Asian Cup football (soccer) tournament kicks off in Doha, Qatar, Friday, January 7, with  defending champion Iraq to play North Korea, Iran and the United Arab Emiterates in Group-D play.

Iraqi football fans are also looking forward to 2013, when the new Basra Sports City will host the Gulf Cup tournament.  The first phase of construction of the multi-million sports complex is about half finished.

A cloud of fine dust rises around the construction site as workers put cement pylons and stadium seats in place. Heavy trucks rumble across the site and a crop of huge steel cranes lifts the pieces of the new 65,000 seat stadium that is the centerpiece of the sports complex in Basra.

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.  

The project is a joint venture between Iraq’s Abdullah al-Jubouri construction company and two U.S. firms – 360 Architecture and Newport Global.

Aswan Shabib, a spokesman for the project, says "the overall cost of the project is 522 billion Iraqi dinars, which is the equivalent of $450 million."

The construction site of the Sports City in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, 02 Dec 2009
The construction site of the Sports City in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, 02 Dec 2009

Shabib adds that it will take 32 months to complete the construction, "At this stage Abdullah Awis al Jubouri Company, which is the company implementing this project, has achieved more than 50 percent of the first phase of the project.”

Nearly 40 companies from Britain, China, France, Kuwait, Russia, and Turkey bid for the right to build the Basra Sports City, which will sprawl over 236 hectares.

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.

Michael Day is the project manager overseeing the construction of Basra Sports City for 360 Architecture.  He told VOA that construction is going well and the complex should be ready in time for a crucial inspection next year.

“They have made significant progress on the main structure of the stadium, which is from a schedule standpoint," says Day. "The critical path is for substantial completion in 2012 when FIFA [football's international governing body] will commission the facility for the 2013 Gulf Cup games.”

The Basra sports complex will not be just sports fans. Last week the local Basra administration agreed to fund several service and urban projects including construction of three bridges in the city and the rebuilding of five intersections to serve the sports facility.Roads from the airport and other routes leading to the facility will also be rehabilitated.

When completed, Basra Sports City will be the largest complex of its kind Iraq has ever built.

NEW: Follow our Middle East reports on Twitter
and discuss them on our Facebook page.

You May Like

US Imposes Sanctions on Alleged Honduran Drug Gang

Treasury department alleges Los Valles group is responsible for smuggling tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine into US each month More

At 91, Marvel Creator Stan Lee Continues to Expand his Universe

Company's chief emeritus hopes to interest new generation of children in superheroes of all shapes and sizes by publishing content across multiple media platforms More

Photogallery New Drug Protects Against Virus in Ebola Family

Study by researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals is first looking at drug's effectiveness after onset of symptoms More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebolai
X
George Putic
August 20, 2014 8:57 PM
While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls For Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid