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Basra Sports City (Arabic: مدينة البصرة الرياضية‎) is a sports complex in Basra, Southern Iraq.

Basra Sports City Stadium
Basra International Stadium.JPG
Full name Basra Sports City Stadium
Location Southern Basra, Iraq
Owner Government of Iraq
Capacity 65,227[1][2]
Surface Track & Field (Grass)
Built 2009–2013
Opened 12 October 2013
Construction cost £550 Million - Half A Billion
Architect 360 Architecture And Newport Global
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer Abdullah Al-Jaburi
Main contractors Abdullah Al-Jaburi
Iraq national football team


Its construction started on 15 July 2009 and was completed on 12 October 2013. The sports city is being funded by the government of Iraq with a budget of $550 million, contributed to contain the main stadium with a capacity of 60,000 people, a secondary stadium with a capacity of 20,000, four Five Stars hotels and other sports-related facilities.[3]

The contract of this project was given to Abdullah Al-Jaburi, a major Iraqi construction contractor, two American companies, 360 architecture and Newport Global.

The main stadium is a multilevel structure with 60,000 capacity, 20 suites, and 230 VIP seats. The complex also has VIP lounges and restaurants, spectator facilities, 205 VIP underground parking stalls and a tunnel connecting the main stadium to the secondary stadium. The basic structure was cast-in-place concrete with precast stadia seating. The roof structure is steel and cantilever 30 meters from the back support column of the upper deck with a 15-meter back-span. The stadium is enveloped with a curtain wall of multidirectional curved elements.[citation needed]

The stadium is the tenant for Naft Al-Janoob and Al-Minaa sports club who both play in Basra.

Iraq played their first ever international game at the 65,000-seater Basra Sports City Stadium on 1 June 2017, beating Jordan 1–0.[4]



Coordinates: 30°26′25″N 47°46′51″E / 30.44028°N 47.78083°E / 30.44028; 47.78083