The Iloilo City Government has planned to put up a Multi-Purpose Hall which will serve as bigger venue for various sports and theater events in the metropolis.
Mayor Jose Espinosa III said he hoped to start the project construction after all the documents have been processed including the loan to be secured for funding requirements.
“It was already planned during the previous administration. I am really hoping that this will be put into reality because we want to provide our residents and athletes a venue where they can practice and play various sports,” Espinosa said.
He noted the first plan was to build the facility in the City Government’s property located at San Pedro, Molo, however, the soil is soft and the development would entail a big amount of money. The second option was to convert the Iloilo Terminal Market wherein the ground floor will serve as market and the upper floors will be the gym.
“However, it is not conducive and there will be no parking area. We foresee to put it at La Paz plaza which is considered as a sports plaza. The style will be an Art deco to conform with the structures of La Paz district,” Espinosa explained.
The 7,000-seat building will be situated in the 5,000-square meter land inside La Paz Plaza.
Espinosa said the City Government is having a hard time finding venues for national events being held in the metropolis such as basketball and volleyball tournaments, thus, it will address the concerns.
“It can serve as basketball court like the MOA Arena. It will also host offices. I also dream of putting a stable boxing area for our boxers with rings. There will be gym for Taekwondo, Jujitsiu, Arnis, as well as Theater Arts stage,” Espinosa said. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)