Its construction was started on 15 July 2009 and opened on 12 October 2013. The city is being funded by the government of Iraq with a budget spending of $550 million, contributed to contain main stadium with capacity of 60,000 people, secondary stadium with capacity of 20,000, four Five Stars hotels and other sports related facilities.
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 project is expected to be one of the largest sports complexes in the Middle East.
The main stadium will be a multilevel structure with 60,000 capacity, 20 suites, and 230 VIP seats. The complex will also have 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 will be cast-in-place concrete with precast stadia seating. The roof structure will be steel and cantilever 30 meters from the back support column of the upper deck with a 15 meter back-span. The stadium will be enveloped with a curtain wall of multidirectional curved elements.