New sports arena to feature state-of the-art facilities

The sports arena will have nine badminton courts with six courts having retractable seating for spectators.

SOUTH Seberang Prai district is set to have a new RM8.78mil sports arena featuring a range of facilities in Jalan Bukit Panchor, Nibong Tebal.

At 7,260sq m when completed, it will be the largest sports arena in Seberang Prai, Penang.

Construction is under way and is expected to be completed in February, 2023.

State youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said the arena would feature nine badminton courts, out of which six courts would have retractable seating for spectators.

These courts can be used for a variety of other sports including netball, volleyball, silat, sepak takraw, table tennis (ping pong), karate and wushu tournaments.

“There will be a multi-purpose hall which can house banquets with 98 tables of eight seats or 72 tables of 10 seats.

“The hall is big enough to accommodate up to 1,200 auditorium chairs,” he said after visiting the proposed site in Nibong Tebal on Saturday.

Soon said other facilities would include an office, viewing room, stage area, shoplots, a utility room for stage preparations, changing rooms, prayers room and toilets including for those with disabilities and a parking lot. “As of Friday, the work progress is at 3.8% of its completion,” he added.

Soon expects this development, which is now named Nibong Tebal Arena, to spark off a spurt of sports activities in south Seberang Prai.

The multi-purpose hall will also be a good venue for wedding receptions, meetings, conferences and exhibitions.

Also at the press conference announcing the construction of the arena were Jawi assemblyman Jason H’ng Mooi Lye and Penang Sports Council director Harry Chai Heng Hua.

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