Vodafone Arena interior during the University of the South Pacific Graduation Ceremony in
September. Photo: SUPPLIED.
The Fiji Sports Council’s prized Indoor Stadia, the Vodafone Arena will undergo renovation works in 2018 from January to October.
Since being built in 2003, the Laucala Bay facility which seats up to 3,000 patrons in its grandstand and an additional 2,000 at ground level will be closed during this period to allow for specific major roofing and flooring works to take place.
Fiji Sports Council Chief Executive Officer Litiana Loabuka advises the scheduled works are paramount and a long time coming for the venue that has played home to continuous international sporting and major corporate events.
“It is extremely exciting for us at the Council to make such announcements given the Vodafone Arena in particular will receive specific repair works after a span of 14 years since being built. In saying this, to have had the facility withstand hosting back to back major events each year and braving natural disasters such as Cyclone Winston followed up by several other major events since then, the Council has done quite well to maintain her and continue to deliver annual hosting capability to our seasoned clients,” says Loabuka.
“The Vodafone Arena 2018 works is aligned to our Five-Year Strategic Plan for Capital Work Projects – we are proud to be nearing the renovation completion date of the FMF Gymnasium which will host a revamped FSC office space as well, our Master Plan for the FSC Sports Centre is well underway and there is much to look forward to for all our patrons in the coming months,” she adds.
The Vodafone Arena has hosted many firsts, bringing pride to the Council and the nation as whole in achieving international hosting rights since it was opened in 2003 for the South Pacific Games.
It continues to host the likes of Oceania Championships in Basketball, Futsal, Volleyball, Taekwando, Karate, Weightlifting and Table-Tennis. In netball, World No. 1s the Silver Ferns toured in 2015, while top national events such as the Women’s Expo, Fiji Showcase, the Vodafone Hibiscus Fesitval, Fiji Sports Awards, Fiji Film Awards, Concerts and Tertiary Programs continue to return on an annual basis.
The January-October 2018 scheduled works may result in the postponement or cancellation of certain annual events however, augurs well on the overall scale with a revamped facility that deserves the structural makeover.
A fitting time in welcoming the arrival of more International Sports events Fiji has successfully won hosting rights to.
The Vodafone Arena will be the first venue in Fiji to assist Weightlifting Fiji to host the IWF World Junior Championship in 2019 while Netball Fiji can also boast winning their bid for Fiji to host the World Youth Netball Championship in 2022.
Much to look forward to within the Council and in anticipation for all National Sports Organisations and Event Organisers.
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