After the advent of the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY, the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure sought to replace the banned podraces with deadly demolition derbies. One of those brutal contest took place on Naboo, using this monument as an arena.
The center area of this monumental compound was a large square checkered board with statues of Gungan soldiers as white pieces and B1 battle droids as black pieces. The outer area was a winding corridor that could be accessed by several grand staircases from the lower level. The corridor was overlooked by a statue holding a giant booma.