After prematurely hosting the FISU netball championships in 2018 , the Makerere multi task Arena faced setbacks after constructors, UPDF Engineering Brigade had switched to Northern Uganda for an emergency.
outside Makerere indoor Sports Arena
Makerere University has said completion of the Indoor Sports Arena at the campus has been delayed due to the challenges caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Peninah Kabenge, the Makerere University Principal Sports Tutor told Uganda Radio Network - URN on Wednesday that although work at the Arena is almost complete, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed construction.
In 2018 the Makerere University Sports Indoor Arena was quickly constructed and hosted the FISU Netball Championships before it was fully complete. The Arena also faced a setback when the constructors, UPDF Engineering Brigade moved to handle emergency work in Northern Uganda.
Kabenge said although the multi purpose Indoor Sports facility has faced some set backs during the pandemic, it only needs finishing.
During the interview with URN, Kabenge also pointed out that the expansion of the seating capacity of the Arena has been another challenge that slowed down work at the UGX5.57 billion facility.
“The extension changing from what it was before also affected the timeline because it meant going back to the drawing board and waiting for approval," she added.
Initially the Indoor Sports Arena was planned to have a 1500 seating capacity, but later the University board suggested the plan is adjusted to accommodate 3000.
However, the Principle Sports Tutor could not give a date when Arena will be complete. “Honestly during this pandemic I cannot be specific because everything remains in the hands of the technical people," says Kabenge.
Besides hosting sporting events in the University, the Arena will also be hired out to sports Federations that may need to host competitions.