The remit of the Arena is to run on a self-funding basis. Membership and ‘pay as you go’ fees directly support the running and capital costs, including a €5 million loan, of the sports facilities. The objective is to keep the fees as low as possible and spread the responsibility with the public paying a much higher fee for membership. Based on current operations the fee for students cannot be lowered.
Other Universities e.g. UCD and UCC include membership for all students at a higher levy rate, in the case of UCD that is over €200 per year but this has limitations, such as no student access during peak hour usage by students.