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Design Unveiled for Haiti Stadium

It has been nearly three years since an earthquake devastated Haiti.

Rebuilding the impoverished country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, has been a monumental task that is continuing.

A small, though important, part of the rebuilding process has been the plans for a new national soccer stadium, the first in the country’s history.

The project is being spearheaded by Morad Fareed, a former player for the Palestinian national soccer team and now a real estate developer in New York, and Boby Duval, a former soccer player for Haiti and the founder and director of the Cité Soleil nonprofit L’Athlétique d’Haïti.

“It is a modest project, but it has a spirit to it,” said the New York-based architect Carlos Zapata. “The site will include an academy, a community garden, and hopefully one day we will be able to launch a league.”

Zapata, who was raised in Ecuador and is working on the design and construction of a new city on the equator, was in charge of the redesign of Chicago’s Soldier Field. The renovation was  praised for its practicality and aesthetics.

Zapata’s studio recently unveiled the design for the Phoenix Stadium in Haiti, a project that will be constructed in phases beginning late next year. Phase 1 is expected to cost $2.5 million to $5 million, Zapata says, and will take about five months to complete.

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