World-Class Soccer Stadium Underway in Haiti

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Three years have passed since a tremendous earthquake devastated Haiti. The long reconstruction process includes the construction of the country’s first stadium to be completed this year. Partners of Project Phoenix have created plans for Phoenix Stadium, a massive world-class professional soccer stadium soon to be located in Cite Soleil, Haiti. This project developed as a result of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative when collaboration began between Morad Fareed of Delos and Boby Duval of L’Athletique D’Haiti. The vision is to create a world-class stadium for soccer games as well as many other community functions.

Read more about Phoenix Stadium after the break!

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Duval has committed the past nineteen years to providing sports programming for youth in Cite Soleil, a commune in Port-au-Prince. Haiti is densely populated and filled with crime. Despite the gunfire and violence around them, Duval notes that the Haitian youth cannot be kept away from playing sports every day. Duval sees Pheonix Stadium as a permanent solution, and believes this area needs a soccer stadium because it is a national passion in Haiti.

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One of the goals of Project Phoenix is to create a stadium that looks as though it has grown out of the earth. Therefore, the site is currently being prepared by laying down actual rubble from the 2010 earthquake that will be turned into hills where residents can watch the games. Rubble and despair are physically being turned into a positive, tangible outcome. In addition, Phoenix Stadium will be efficiently landscaped with edible gardens, a small lake containing tilapia, and a composting and recycling plant.

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Phoenix Stadium will be able to hold around up to 12,000 people and will serve a variety of functions. The stadium will be a center of soccer in the country and will create jobs for the people of Haiti. It will additionally house LADH, a youth development program providing underprivileged participants with a safe, clean, and supportive environment where they can learn the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork. LADH offers a soccer academy, elementary school, middle school, and dormitories.

This project is made possible by a group of experts working pro bono. This group includes world-renowned architect Carlos Zapata, engineer William Faschan of LERA, stadium designer , and landscape architect Charles Anderson of Charles Anderson Atelier. The group is hopeful that the combination of sports, youth, and education will have a great impact on the people of Haiti.

Architects: Project Phoenix
Architect : Carlos Zapata
Engineering: William Faschan
Architect Designer: Gordon E. Wood
Landscape Architect: Charles Anderson
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Project Phoenix

Cite: Wronski, Lisa. "World-Class Soccer Stadium Underway in Haiti" 02 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=327179>
  • Tomas

    I think that i don’t have to day much about this project…Haiti is one of the poorest places on earth and the last thing they need is a milion dolar investment in a soccer stadium….
    People of Haiti need to practice and watch Sports but they could save some of the money invested to improove the quality of,for example, houses or healthcare services and make smaller sport facilities…
    Money talks, b******t walks

    • Quinn

      I completely disagree; one of very few things that unite the country of Haiti is soccer. Everyone plays it and everyone loves it. It is a relief from lives that have been torn apart and brings communities together. The kids there play soccer in streets full of ruble and if there is a place for these kids to play as well as learn then that will elevate the next generation. So many groups and individuals are down there rebuilding the country so if one act of architecture seems over the top…well they deserve something beautiful to look at that will also function to benefit the surrounding community. One problem will be that actual construction of the stadium, because of contractors and materials, but if that works itself out then this project I am fully behind this project. Haiti is more than just “one of the poorest places on earth” it is full of amazing people with and incredible culture who are very deserving of this kind of ambition.

  • Kez

    Have to agree with Quinn.