Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), a public sector agency of the Government of Belize (GOB), has undertaken the design, construction and management of capital projects in Belize with current emphasis on sporting and other multipurpose facilities.
BIL now embarks on the construction phase of the Belize City Center Arena and Cultural Complex located on Central American Blvd, Belize City, Belize. Contract has been awarded to the local JVCA of Medina’s Construction Ltd. / International Environments Ltd. and on October 8th, 2015 contract signature occurred for contract price of BZ$32,940,261.34. This will include the civil works of the grounds and all FIBA certified equipment; construction period is twenty-four (24) months.
The new Belize City Center Arena and Cultural Complex design will qualify for world championship women’s U-21 and U-19 world championship men and women events. There will be three (3) interior practice basketball courts, and one (1) professional center court. The design allows for designated seating for up to 4,000 for games and 5,000 for indoor entertainment events such as conventions, concerts and other sporting events such as boxing and volleyball. Seats are individual and are numbered by rows.
The design also includes post game rooms, media rooms, administration room and more concessions space. The new Belize City Center will be fully air conditioned and fully handicapped accessible. The facility will be equipped with stage and event performance space and back of house facilities. The size and careful design of the building footprint and structural placement allows for a broader range of vehicles that will now be able to park under the building. The interior function of the building was completed in accordance with FIBA standards and in conjunction with approved consultancy input.
Exterior design allows for multiple plazas to accommodate recreational sports and parks, including two (2) outdoor basketball courts, one (1) 5 on 5 soccer field, skateboard parks just to name a few. It caters to hosting outdoor entertainments with Security features, Police and Ambulance Zones.
The Government of Belize, through BIL, has committed to provide the residents of Belize City and the entire Country of Belize with an innovative, well-equipped state-of-the-art Arena and Cultural Complex.