So you’re building a new sports complex – Good for you! You’re taking the first step in a challenging and rewarding career path. Owning and maintaining a space for people to enjoy recreational activities is good for your community’s health, wellness, and wallet.
However, this is a complicated process. There are a lot of different factors that go into making a state-of-the-art sports complex. Here are the top eight things you should consider before you start building.
The first thing on our list is activities. When building a new sports complex, you need to ask yourself what activities you want to host. This includes asking questions about what sports you need areas for as well as what age groups you plan to serve.
Remember, a elementary school soccer league will have different safety and skill-based needs than a traveling high school age club team. Establishing exact activities you plan to host, season-by-season will help your design team build the right sports complex.
2. Contractor Selection
The next big consideration on our list is contractor selection. There are a lot of different contractors out there that exist on a wide spectrum of quality. Trust us: You definitely want to go with a company that has built sports fields before.
Building a few complexes isn’t enough to make them your go-to contractor, though. Visit their websites, see past projects, and ask for testimonials. We recommend talking to at least 3-5 different contractors before you make a decision.
You can have the most innovative, amazing vision for your complex in your mind. However, if you hire the wrong contractor the finished product won’t come close to your dreams. Make sure you find a trustworthy contractor with experienced employees and terrific references.
3. Building Regulations
Depending on where your land is, your town or state will have different building regulations. It’s imperative to understand them and ensure your plan is in accordance with them before you dig the first hole. You must present your plans to your local municipality for approval. Typically, you’ll have to specifically meet with their zoning department. Only after these plans are approved can you move forward so get this done early in the process!