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Three Important Cost Factors for Sporting Field Construction

by Peyton Sanders

The process of building a sporting field for private, commercial or community use can be difficult. In simple terms, there are numerous factors that you must consider with regard to the planning phase, construction process and even long-term maintenance. Therefore, you should consider consulting a specialist contractor for guidance throughout the project. One of the most critical elements that you must carefully evaluate regardless of your contractor choice is the financial implications. In general, the cost of building a sporting field can be high. However, you can minimise your potential expenses by understanding the important cost factors.

Surface Material

The specific type of material used in the construction of the field is the most significant financial factor during the pertinent project. Therefore, if you would like to control your expenses, it is important to carefully select your surface. The most common choice for traditional sporting fields is natural turf. This refers to the simple ground surfaces covered by growing grass. This type of surface is favourable because it is durable and will not require extensive ground preparation. Unfortunately, the maintenance expenses are high due to irrigation, mowing and other upkeep practices.

If you would like to avoid the long-term operational costs, consider using artificial turf. This is a popular surface which has slowly replaced natural grass because it does not require maintenance except for periodic cleaning. On the other hand, you should note that the synthetic turf will probably require replacement at some point. There are other material options to consider, depending on the specific requirements. These include gravel, concrete, asphalt and even sand.

Sports Fixtures

You should evaluate the fixture requirements for your field during the planning stage for your project. Typically, different sporting activities will need varying fixtures to comply with the rules. The total expenses attached to purchasing and installing these items, especially on multi-use sports field, can be high. You can reduce your total costs by choosing inexpensive materials. For example, traditional soccer goals are normally made from steel, but you can choose modern PVC alternatives for lower costs. In addition, create a plan that allows you to use the same space for different sports. For instance, you can use movable sports fixtures.

Drainage Factors

Finally, you should assess the expenses related to sporting field drainage. This is an important element which can affect the longevity of the surface and the fixtures. Common drainage factors include slope, drain channels and stormwater disposal. You can control these costs by minimising the number and extent of surface alterations.