Basra Sports City Stadium is the new home of the Iraqi National Football Team having first opened in 2013. Built to replace the ageing Al-Shaab Stadium, Basra Sports City boast some of the most modern and cutting edge facilities in the entire Middle East region.
Basra Sports City was constructed over a four year period between 15th July 2009 and 12th October 2013 at a reported cost of £550 million – just over half a billion.
Funded by the Government of Iraq, the sports complex boasts a large international sports stadium, a secondary 20,000 capacity venue, Olympic sports facilities, and numerous accommodation options including several Five Star Hotels.
Designed by the American company 360 Architecture who lent a hand to Avaya Stadium, and built by Thornton Tomasetti structural engineers responsible for Kansas Sporting Park, the Iraqi National Team’s new home is a world-class stadium on par with leading grounds in Europe and North America.
The Main stadium of the project which is usually referred to as either Basra Sports City Stadium or Basra International Stadium is capable of seating an estimated 65,000 supporters per match across two-tiers of seating divided into upper and lower sections.
To mark the opening of the stadium teams from Basra, Baghdad, Egypt and Lebanon attended a mini-tournament held on 12th October 2013. The inaugural fixtures were controversial and resulted in fines for the visiting teams as FIFA at the time had banned Iraq from hosting International football Matches!