Redeveloped $16.8m Arena Targets Global Events


Fiji can now host more international sporting events with the reopening of the new redeveloped $16.8m National Vodafone Arena in Suva.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted that every Fijian can be proud to add another stellar venue to Fiji’s world-class roster of sporting facilities – a bigger and better Vodafone arena.

“The roof is brand-new, as are the floors, which are now consistent in quality and design throughout the arena. We’ve installed a state-of-the-art sound system, improved the lighting and ventilation systems, and extended the event halls to accommodate up to 3000 people.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said that Fijian Government is building and revamping a sporting infrastructure network worthy of its people’s relentless passion and undeniable talent for athletics.

“We’re charting progress our people can see: Whether it’s across the road at ANZ Stadium or FMF Gymnasium, or in rugby pitches, parks and football fields across Fijian communities.”

“This re-development is more than a facelift. Given the last works were completed over 15 years ago, we’ve put in the time and resources to ensure this facility is built to last. We’re not repeating past mistakes. Instead, we’ve redeveloped this arena in a manner that makes future expansion works far easier and more affordable.”

He highlighted that the investments Government is making to improve sporting facilities – along with roadways, airports, services and ICT connectivity – are working together to capitalise on the vast money-making potential of global Fijian fandom.

“By putting ourselves in the position to host regional and international sporting events, we’re giving fans the excuse they’ve been waiting for to get on a plane to visit our country, and bring with them their families, friends and – of course -- their credit cards as well.

Prime Minister Bainimarama also encouraged all Fijians to make use of the sporting facilities as it belongs to anyone who wishes to use them.

The arena that was built in 2003 for the South Pacific Games now has a seating capacity of 8000 and also has an additional indoor sporting facility.