Rebuilding Kirkuk Olympiad Stadium

September 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Kirkuk Stadium...Photo Kirkuk Now

Kirkuk Stadium...Photo Kirkuk Now

Kirkuk Stadium...Photo Kirkuk Now

Kirkuk Stadium...Photo Kirkuk Now

Two companies are to rebuild Kirkuk Olympiad Stadium within two years.

Executive engineer of the project Wahab Rashid said, “the rebuilding project is divided into two phases; the first phase takes 18 months and the second is dedicated to the design and decoration. We shouldn’t be rushed in the second phase.” The companies involved are Rashid – an Iraqi company – and the Turkish company Ava Spor. Together they provide 24.5 billion Iraqi dinars (21 million dollars).

The decision to rebuild the stadium was taken on June 24, 2011. After the restoration the stadium will be conform to international standards. Harbi Khalid, head of the Olympiad Committee in Kirkuk, said, “the rebuilding will make a good contribution to sports in the city here. It is not just about rebuilding, but we will also add several new projects to the stadium.”

The new projects include building a new hall for the players, a hotel to accommodate envoys and sports groups and two large football fields for trainings. The executive companies announced that they could add more extensions if needed. An Olympiad committee visited the stadium recently to see if there is any need for this.

Olympiad stadium was originally built in 1982 by a specialized Indian company. It is one of the largest stadiums in Iraq, seating over 40 thousand fans. The Palestine Cup was played in this stadium in 1986. Participants for the cup included Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk Now

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