TECT Arena's first birthday bash

TECT Arena is throwing a huge party to celebrate its first birthday tomorrow.

All are welcome to come and enjoy the free family day from 10am.

More than 325,000 people have walked through the doors of the $42 million TECT Arena since it opened in 2011.

Since doors opened a year ago it has been the venue for the New Zealand Breakers, Meatloaf and the Bay of Plenty Magic's pool-play games.

Most recently the arena played a substantial role in hosting thousands of young aspiring athletes from across New Zealand and Australia participating in the annual AIMS Games tournament.

Community sports have accounted for 62 per cent of all participants at the centre which equates to more than 200,000 people.

Centre-run programmes have attracted just under 80,000 people and community pay for play sports have attracted a total of 739 teams playing indoor netball, indoor soccer, turbo touch and fastnet in the last year.

Baypark chief executive Ervin McSweeney said the impact TECT Arena has had on the local economy is significant.

``TECT Arena  is a world-class complex. Its versatility and multi-purpose areas have allowed us to bring an amazing array of events to the region.''

The open day will kick off at 10am tomorrow with activities for the whole family including free have-a-go mini arenas, paintball, trampolining, lolly scrambles, noodle hockey and mini jeeps.

The Bay Speedway will have car races from 6.30pm.-->-->-->-->

- Bay of Plenty Times

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