Sports clubs will be able to use the pavilion from February 5
After three years of closure due to serious deficiencies in its construction, the pavilion of the Sports Technology Center (CTE) in Vila-real is now ready to host sports again. The Councilor for Sports, Xus Madrigal, has announced that from February 5, the city’s basketball and futsal clubs will be able to use this space again, once the repairs to the roof and the parquet have been completed. which have involved an investment of 2.3 million euros by the Generalitat Valenciana, owner of the building.
A pharaonic project with constructive defects
The CTE was a work promoted by the previous government of the Popular Party in 2011, without a feasibility plan or a planned use. It is an infrastructure that cost more than 28 million euros and that presented serious problems from its inception. In April 2021, the City Council had to close the pavilion due to leaks and the collapse of part of the roof, which also affected the parquet. The council demanded that the Generalitat repair the damage, and the Council, chaired by the socialist Ximo Puig, awarded repairs to the roof in mid-2021 worth 1.2 million euros. However, in the fall of that same year, the rains caused a new detachment of the roof over the bleachers and aggravated the damage to the wooden surface of the pavilion. This made it necessary to extend the repair works with another contract of 1.1 million euros, which started in May of last year and finished a few days ago.
A space for sport and culture
The Councilor for Sports has expressed his gratitude to the Generalitat for having assumed the cost of the repairs and has regretted the inconvenience caused to the sports clubs during this time. Madrigal emphasized that the CTE is an infrastructure that the municipal government has been able to give it viability and content, managing it through a management entrustment agreement and opening it to clubs, to users of the SME and other activities. In this sense, he recalled that the CTE has also served as a stage for great cultural events, such as the tribute concert in Tàrrega on the occasion of the centenary of Villarreal CF, which was celebrated last December and which served for ‘reinaugurate’ the pavilion after the works.