The much-anticipated state-of-the-art Multi-purpose MTU Arena has opened on MTU’s Bishopstown Campus. This €13 million development, the first of several new buildings which will be built at the University, will provide a much-needed facility for the MTU community.
The arena includes a 1,340m2 hall, two studios, a café and a 600 m2 gym. Ultimately, the Arena will be open 7 days per week and membership of the gym will be open to students, staff and members of the public.
Construction began in 2020, with the then Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD, turning the sod on 22nd June 2020.
A multi-purpose facility, in addition to catering for sports, societies and other University activities (conferring ceremonies, careers fairs, examinations), the venue will also be available for hire by external groups, including local community groups, for concerts, exhibitions and other events. The main hall of the arena can accommodate 1,200 people seated.
MTU President, Professor Maggie Cusack, commented: “MTU Arena was built in just two years despite many challenges, not least a global pandemic. The delivery of this state-of-the-art building is a testament to the dedication of all those involved in the project and to MTU’s commitment to becoming a truly great university. The arena will hugely benefit current and future students and staff, as well as the wider South West Region, as a brand-new venue for conferences and events.”
The University will host an official opening ceremony for the multi-purpose arena over the coming months.