How good is the Manipal Sports Complex, MARENA?

Academia has, by far been a steaming field for rote learning. Many Bollywood movies like 3 Idiots and Taare Zameen Par put a sceptical eye towards this desolating approach to education and have caused a revolutionary change since their release. Other genres in the arts – dance, singing, painting, and writing – and sports are now pioneering their way to the serenity of liberation.

Becoming a body-building trainer, or pursuing sports management no longer attracts frowned faces and demeaning remarks. And to attain the best, you need to endure for the best. Manipal Sports complex or Manipal Sports Arena abbreviated to MARENA has gained popularity due to its grandeur infrastructure and facilities necessary. The centrally conditioned building is quite often mistaken for an entire hospital or a university in itself. If it weren’t for the posters and stickers of athletes stuck on the transparent glasses outside its gymnasium, it would’ve been any product of our imagination from its exterior structure but a sports arena.


Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) stands on a global level of standardisation, providing the best for its students with state of the art facilities, even when it comes to extracurricular activities and sports. The building has different sporting courts for a variety of games like squash, badminton, tennis, football, and more. Qualified professionals are awaiting your determination to pursue your talents or passion. You get your trainers within the peripherals of the complex, and you don’t have to pay any extra amount to levy with these facilities.


When compared to other IIT sporting arenas, MARENA is open for a more extended period with better-equipped facilities. Its timings are from 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM. This helps students work-out or practice without having to take a break from classes and after a period of rest, which allows their bodies to cope better. Fatigue due to exhaustion is never a problem with this schedule.

Sports and Activities in MARENA

MARENA has an in-built track made for its students just for running, striding, and sprinting. Apart from this, there are several other facilities evened out on every level of this multistoried building as follows:

  • Entry: Gymnasium

The gym is equipped with hi-tech machines for bodybuilding with an in-built calorie counter in some of them. It can be accessed with a key reader, which you can get after applying for membership.

  • First floor: Walking/ Jogging track

The jogging tracks are centrally air-conditioned and open for practice.

  • Level 1: Sauna, changing rooms, steam bath, lockers, and squash gallery

Steam baths after hectic gaming practice help soothe the muscles and calm the body. There are locker rooms and changing rooms for a convenient work-out every day.

  • Level 2: 4 squash courts and a basketball gallery

Squash is another popular sport within the premises, along with basketball.

  • Level 3: 5 badminton courts, basketball court, and 4 table tennis tables

The many badminton courts, basketball and table tennis rooms are open to students and teachers equally with matches of friendly rivalry.

  • Level 4: Swimming Pool

Swimming is a popular extracurricular activity.

  • Level 5: Cricket, football, simulated games and changing rooms

Cricket matches are a common occurrence.

  • There are other lawn tennis courts in open sky areas too

All in all, when compared to other colleges, MARENA is an outlandishly built sports complex.

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