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Holy Al-Najaf Stadium

A cool, latticed haven in the desert

The 30,000-seat soccer stadium is located at Najaf, approximately 100 miles south of Baghdad. It features two 1,000-seat training fields with related structures, remote practice field lockers, storage, concessions, ticket buildings and guard houses.

Unlike the oval-shaped Basra and Al-Menaa stadia, Al-Najaf has an unusual square exterior, detailed with Islamic-influenced latticework reminiscent of the sacred Imam Ali Mosque in the heart of the city.

Our services included MEP and fire protection engineering, with an emphasis on sustainable design solutions. One example is the facility’s passive cooling towers, designed to keep the stadium concourse comfortable despite the region’s high temperatures. We also provided sports lighting design.

Client Government of Iraq
Architect HOK
Location Najaf, Iraq
Capacity 30,000
Home of Najaf FC
Our services Building services, fire protection, sports lighting design
Project status Completed in 2013