Building a new sports complex is a very challenging task, no matter how small it may be. The challenge is even increased if you have little or no experience in the matter, but are eager to roll up your sleeves and create a space for people to enjoy recreational activities. To help you start with this worthwhile project, we’ve compiled the following list of things you have to consider before making any major decision or starting works.
The most important thing to consider is the type of activities that will be taking place, because each sport requires some specific features and amenities. Also, there is the question of safety and skill-based needs, which are different for different age groups. So, before everything, consider what activities you want to be able to host, so that the design team can build the right sports complex.
Choosing the right contractor is another important issue. It’s vital you don’t hire a company that has never built a similar facility before. You don’t want your project to be a platform for them to practice, but you need someone who knows how to do it. When you approach a contractor with experience, make sure you get insight into their past projects, ask for testimonials and, if possible, visit the site where they worked to see for yourself how good it looks. Remember that no matter how great your design might be, unless you choose the right contractor, the final product won’t come close to your dreams.
The location of your future stadium or sports complex will play a big part in determining the building regulations, which you have to adhere to. Make sure your plan is in accordance with them and that you’ve obtained all the necessary approvals and permits from your local municipality. It’s only after your plans are approved that you can actually start with the construction works.
You may think you don’t need lighting for your new sports complex because you don’t plan to host night games, but you should know that lighting is irreplaceable when it comes to the security of your property. Also, night games can be a lot of fun, especially in warm evenings, so you definitely need some good lighting. Basically, reliable stadium lights should ensure perfect visibility on the pitch so that both players and spectators can enjoy the event. We recommend going for LED lighting, because it is cheaper to maintain and lasts longer. Also, if you’re hosting indoor events, LED bulbs won’t heat up the space as much as traditional light bulbs.
One of the key aspects of every sports complex is turf. Your choice will greatly depend of the activities you’re planning to host and the local climate. Since you’ll choose between natural grass and artificial turf, you should now that they both have their merits. However, turf grass gets a lot warmer a lot quicker and might be a poor solution if the weather is hot. On the other hand, it’s much easier and cheaper to maintain. So, consider the advantages and disadvantages of both options before making your choice.
Regardless of what type of field your create, you have take into account irrigation and draining issues. Although synthetic turf fields don’t need to be irrigated, you still have draining to deal with. On the other hand, natural turf fields require both irrigation and drainage. If the water content of your fields drops below 60%, the turf weakens and can die. That’s why you have to make sure you can provide supplemental water when natural rainfall is not sufficient. You can choose between portable systems or in-ground systems, but make sure your budget is big enough for this investment.
Many people forget how important parking is for a sports complex. Don’t be one of those people. If your parking is next to the field, install nets to prevent balls from damaging parked cars. In any case, you should have signs that clearly state you’re not responsible for any damage or injury caused by game play.
These are just the most basic considerations you need to make when building a stadium or a sports complex, but they should help you start the project in the right way. There is a lot of work involved, but if you succeed, you’ll reap amazing benefits.