How To Choose a Site

Figuring out how to best utilize the land is usually the first stage of any new project in sports field construction. Usually, when we work with schools and organizations they have carefully planned and designed areas for certain fields and uses or they have special requirements and needs for field renovation. We take special care to find out the plans that have been designed prior and then go from there. Homeowners who wish to create synthetic grass areas for dog runs, putting greens and easy landscape areas typically spend a great deal of time planning and choosing where to put artificial grasses for landscape and other projects. We can help ALL clients in these initial stages. Read on to find out how to choose a site and the different factors that can come into play when choosing a favorable site for sports field construction projects.

There are numerous factors that schools must consider when choosing a site. These critical factors are whether the plan is to begin with a new construction or replace a natural grass field. Many fields have a running track that surrounds the field. Special care must be given to meet the specific needs of the track program as well as meet the standard for the other sports and activities that the field will be utilized for. The number of players using the field and amount of sports, as well as the level of the athletes can affect the size of the field. Our experienced sports field contractors are equipped to aid in the planning process when choosing a site for a sports field.

Consider how large of a land tract is available and if it is level. If the field needs to be surrounded by a track, a site must be no less than five acres with a minimum of 600 feet long by 300 feet wide. Additional space will be needed for grading, drainage, player seating and walkways, and bleachers, lighting and proper fencing. Another consideration that needs to be taken is does the potential site allow for appropriate drainage and storm water management? Sports fields can be constructed in low lying areas, however, special construction and consideration must be made for filling and drainage design and work. The level-ness of a site is especially important for track & field and the track must be level in the running direction. The field and surrounding track may be slightly sloped, however, to allow for drainage.

Other things to consider is the type of soil, is the site accessible for construction materials and heavy equipment to get to the site, and where are the underground utilities?  Also, where is the prevailing wind and where does the sun rise and set? The most common scenario for field orientation is north-south.

No matter where you choose to build and in what way you use the land that you have, it is advised to always work with a Certified Field Builder that adheres to the rigorous standards put forth by our industry association, the American Sports Builders Association. We are the leader in sports field construction companies and a member of this association. We have completed the steps to earn the Certified Field Builder designation.

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