Constructing or renovating a sports facility requires builders to take many different aspects of a property into consideration. Regardless of the size or complexity of the venue, creating a safe and orderly environment for players and spectators is always a priority. In this article, we’ll cover three structures that can help you ensure your field or stadium is fit for game day.
Nearly every outdoor sports venue will have a need for fencing in some capacity. From aiding in the organization of crowds, keeping out unwanted visitors, to even being part of the playing field (such as in baseball or softball), installing a fence is almost always a necessity. Most fields or stadiums are high-traffic areas. This means it’s crucial to choose a durable fencing option that will last for years to come.
Once you’ve determined where you’ll need to install your fence, the next step is determining which fence type is the right one for the job. Most sports facilities will utilize a chain-link fence, but builders can choose from standard or vinyl-coated fences. Not only does vinyl coating change the color of the fence, but it also can protect the metal from corrosion.
Finally, there are cases where fencing may be needed on a temporary basis to accommodate larger-than-normal crowds. Moveable barriers help funnel foot traffic to the appropriate places, and prevent individuals from wandering into restricted areas.
It doesn’t matter how many “Spectators should be aware of objects leaving the playing surface” signs you have – very few people are going to be paying attention 100% of the time. Not to mention, anyone who has visited their local golf course lately is well-aware that many shots don’t go as planned. Consider netting installation in order to avoid creating a situation that’s dangerous to people or property.
In some cases, athletic facilities may be financially responsible if a home or vehicle is damaged. One thing is always true regardless of liability for damages caused by a golf shot or foul ball. It’s better to avoid the problem altogether by taking proactive measures to enhance safety.
Aside from protection, netting can also be a requirement for the playing surface such as with volleyball or tennis. Due to the repeated impact of a tennis net, for example, it’s important to focus on durability. Constant repairs or replacements of low-grade netting will eventually become costly and time-consuming. Choose a high-quality option the first time and avoid frequent maintenance.
3. Guard Rails
Accidents happen, but guard rails can significantly reduce or eliminate the problems that come with parking lot mishaps. Guard rails use some of the strongest fencing material available. Protect both people and property from vehicles by installing them wherever there’s a risk.
If a parking lot is going to be part of your facility, you should do everything in your power to make it as safe as possible for everyone on the premises. This is especially true in cases where there will be a presence of young children or new drivers (both common to youth sports facilities) on a regular basis.
The nature of a sports facility parking lot means distracted driving is an inevitability. Investing in guard rails can be the difference between a serious accident and a minor issue.
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