Above: a rendering of the project
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Project Phoenix has officially unveiled the designs for its planned football stadium in Haiti.
The 12,000-seat, $5 million stadium in Port-au-Prince’s Cite Soleil neighbourhood is the brainchild of Delos’ Morad Fareed and Boby Duval of L’Athletique D’Haiti.
The project was first announced at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative conference.
Phoenix bills itself as a “world-class soccer facility and self-sustaining community for the people of Cite Soleil,” an impoverished area which is a UN red zone due to security issues.
The stadium will additionally house LADH, a youth development programme aiming to provide underprivileged participants with a “safe, clean, supportive environment where they can learn the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork.”
It will be joined by a football academy, an elementary and middle school and dormitories.
New York-based architect Carlos Zapata designed the stadium.
“Project Phoenix is the next generation of philanthropy,” Fareed, the managing partner of Delos, said in a release. “We are devoted to tangible, on-the-ground results for the people of Cite Soleil, Haiti.”
The design team on the project includes Zapata, who designed the Soldier Field revamp in Chicago, along with engineer William Faschan, stadium designer Gordon E Wood and landscape architect Charles Anderson of Charles Anderson Atelier.
The site of the stadium is being prepared by laying down rubble from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Groundbreaking is slated for 2013.