With the Olympics still fresh in everyone’s mind, the country remains on a sporting high with people wanting to replicate their own memories from a fantastic summer. New sporting facilities are being created all over the country to cope with the extra demand and schools and sports clubs alike are looking to expand their current facilities to cater for newly popular activities.
Creating the perfect sporting facility isn’t easy though as there are plenty of important things to consider during the process. Everyone working on the London bid did such a good job to get everything done in time but now it’s over to Rio to see if they can do the same. So for any Brazilians reading, here are some things you might want to take into consideration.
Infrastructure is to do with how people can access your sporting facility. There is no point having an amazing facility that nobody can enjoy because they can’t get to it easily. If you are extending or redeveloping an existing facility then this shouldn’t be an issue but with any new building it will need to be taken into account.
You need to make sure there is good road access and an amble parking area for all the people that are going to be using and working at the facility. If you are creating something on a bigger scale, say for the Olympics, then other modes of transport will have to be thought about. The London team worked hard for years in advance to make sure that the train stations around the Olympic village could cope with the influx of visitors.
When creating a great sporting arena you need to be mindful of the any audience members that will be watching the action and not just the people taking part. Whether it’s just a few parents and friends at a school or leisure club or millions of spectators at the Olympic stadium, the audience needs to be catered for.
This includes making sure there is enough seating for them which is both safe and comfortable. If they are going to be watching for an extended period of time, they are going to need to be in complete comfort. You also need to think about refreshments and toilets so that spectators know they have everything they need under one roof and don’t have to worry missing anything important.
This is particularly important for any indoor sporting arena as there is sure to be a large number of people using the facility on a daily and weekly basis. You need to ensure the floor is durable so that it lasts for many years without needing too much maintenance and also that it is easy to clean. No doubt there will be plenty of trainer scuff marks that will need cleaning off and so the surface needs to allow this to be done simply.
You also need to take into account the specifics of each sport and then choose a floor that best suits the sport and the safety considerations for it. For example, an indoor facility which is going to be used for a high contact sport such as football or wheelchair basketball will need a floor that is highly sprung to prevent any nasty accidents. It also needs to be a surface that sweat can be wiped off easily or that doesn’t become slippery when wet.
Obviously the team working on the 2016 Olympics have it all under control and we are all eagerly anticipating the show that they are sure to put on but anyone creating a sporting facility on a smaller scale may find these considerations helpful. Either way, it is great to see our country basking in the glory of sporting achievement and looking to replicate it at other levels.
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