US firm 360 Architecture has been awarded a $500m contract to design a sports city in Basra, Iraq.
The project includes a 65,000-seat football stadium, a 10,000-capacity practice stadium, dormitories, training facilities, luxury suites and prayer rooms on a 360-acre, fortified campus.
The stadium must meet the design standards set by the International Federation of Association Football, and will be constructed with the help of Newport Global Project Management Group and Abdullah A Al-Jiburi Contracting Co.
The stadium will feature an exterior design resembling date palms with an interior screen for ventilation which can be easily cleaned after a sandstorm and will provide shade and ventilation on hot summer days.
The complete sport city project is valued at $1bn and comprises two football facilities, four practice fields, a heliport, a fire station, parking for 10,000 cars and with a protective wall surrounding the city.
Basra sports city is expected to host the Gulf Cup of Nations football tournament in 2013.