World is increasingly attaching a great importance to sportive activities and hence sports fields are becoming popular too. They are important for athletes, both amateur and professional and thus, it must both comfort and aesthetic for athletes.
Before constructing a sports field, attention should be paid to create a comfortable field which will attract more demand by the customers.
Particulars to be Considered before Field Construction
First of all, the place where the sports field will be built should be considered well. It is very important to choose a place at the city center or which is easy to reach. Secondly, another particular to be considered is the dimensions of the field. Because the dimensions are very important for the athletes to demonstrate their performance either during training and events.
If the question is an indoor field, then you may consider that athletic events can have full audience both in summer and winter. Therefore, owning the land or renting it for a long time is another particular to consider. In order to decorate the field, having a field with a cafe which will comfort both the athletes, trainers and the audience.
Important Points in Field Construction
When constructing an artificial grass field, there are some points to consider.
-Firstly, the artificial grass should be high quality and have UV protection for a long-lasting sports field.
-Lighting is also important in sports fields. Having a high quality lighting without blind or dark spots will increase the quality of sportive activity. In addition, panels should also be strong.
-Whatever kind of a sports field you build, keep in mind that fields are immovable. Thus, planning it well with a well-designed project is very important.
-Although it may sound trivial for all, dressing rooms should be designed well as well. Thus they should have a bath, shampoo, soap and hair dryers to give full comfort for the athletes.
-Plus, having a well-equipped cooling system on the field can increase the excitement of both athletes and players.
-When it comes to the ceiling or side nets, make sure to calculate the space well and think of a type which can be closed on a rainy day.
-As a golden ticket you can consider building a multi-purpose field so that more than many sports can be played on a single field.
Thanks to their advantages, mini football fields are preferred in many areas including schools and collective housing. They are different from outdoor carpet fields in view of their dimension. They are designed for competitions between small number of people or to be used for development of children. The dimension of the mini football fields may vary based on the customer’s demands.
Mini Football Field Features
The mini football field, which are especially used for children, may have similar features with the outdoor carpet fields. The features of mini football fields can be listed as follows:
The floor coating is elastic to minimize injuries.
Allows players of 6×6 – 7×7 – 8×8.
The ground is designed to allow comfortable play with best ball movement, increasing the player’s performance.
The panel fences or nets keeps the ball inside, preventing any foreign material outside.
The ground is soft to prevent children from injuries.
Mini Football Field Dimensions
The size of the mini football field varies based on the customer’s request. However, the area is also analyzed to check whether it is suitable for the requested dimension as well. Therefore, the dimension of the mini football field is determined based on purpose of use, the features of the plot, the ground condition, and the presence of the oval border.
Considering above all, the standard dimensions of the mini football field can be 20m x 40m, 25m x 45m, 30m x 50m and its multiples. The height of the mini football field can be 50m – 7 m and 9 m.
Among different proportions, 30m x 50m is the most preferred ones. They are mostly preferred for sports complexes built in neighborhoods, schools and collective housing. When it comes to 20m x 40m dimensions, they are mostly preferred for individual use in private properties.
The cost of artificial turf football field construction is variable based on different factors such as selection of the artificial turf, lightning options, and whether if will be an indoor or outdoor field. Therefore, before calculating the costs, the demands and needs as well as the ground conditions must be determined.
The main factor which affect the cost is whether it will be an indoor or outdoor fields, since they have different processes and requirements. In addition to all, the material to be used during construction of the carpet field and its size must be determined.
What are the Factors affecting the Cost of Football Field Construction?
Selection of Artificial Grass Carpet
Price of the carpet is determined based on the synthetic grass model and features. There are different prices/m2 for different alternatives. Therefore, the costs vary a lot. It is important to choose quality artificial turf in carpet field construction for long-term use. While it may come costly in the first place, the long-term use makes it more cost-efficient.
For professional carpet pitches, FIFA certified synthetic turf approved by FIFA laboratories should be used. At this stage FIFA tests applied and either FIFA 1 Star or FIFA 2 Star certificate is granted.
FIFA certified pitches are more expensive since they have higher rate of granules and the tests bring additional costs.
In order to determine the cost of artificial turf football field construction, ground must be checked. Before the construction, the ground must be checked and if it is not strong enough, improvement works must be carried out, calculating the materials to be used.
Infrastructure costs must be calculated including the infrastructure materials. At this process, the size of the area where the carpet field will be established determines the infrastructure materials, which in term demonstrates the infrastructure costs.
Steel Construction Features
The cost of carpet field construction is also based on the type of the steel or iron construction material to be used. The cost is affected by the use of steel or iron, which affect the static values such as the load to be statically carried by the construction and the carriers, as well as the climatic values such as wind and snow load.
Another important factor affecting the cost of carpet pitch is lighting systems. Lighting systems which are efficient and long-lasting are highly important in the carpet fields. As a result, the quality of the lighting system affects the cost.
When considering an indoor carpet pitch, the canvas fabric which is used to close the carpet field is also included in the cost. In addition, the other products that can be preferred such as PVC panel, sheet metal cover and fibroser can affect the costs.
External Factors Affecting Football Field Cost
Dressing rooms and shower areas can also be made expensive or affordable based on the client’s wishes.
If areas where people can spend time are also added to the plan, the construction cost must include the additional costs such as the construction of cafeterias to be built based on the client’s wishes.
Another cost that may be overlooked when calculating the construction costs is the landscaping costs which beautify the surrounding of the artificial grass carpet fields.
Hockey is a sports game that is gaining popularity recently. Although the Hockey Federation was founded in 2002, it has a longer history in Turkey even before the Republic. Back then, the tournaments were held in different fields while today it is played on artificial grass.
Technical Specifications of Synthetic Field Hockey Field
Perimeter Wire Fence Works and Lighting
Constructing a perimeter wire fence can be challenging. However; the steps to follow are clear. In order to surround the beam, a foundation is dug around the site. And then, molds are attached to the beam channels. 10 and 12 Q iron rods are used for stirrups. After this, perimeter is placed on the bond scale, placing 4 anchorage pipes at certain intervals. For the next step, ready-mixed concrete is poured into the iron-reinforced molds and let to dry. Vertical pipes will be welded to the anchor pipes. Horizontal pipes are reinforced with diagonal beams, after which vertical reinforcement pipes are welded to the vertical pipes.Next stem is welding the cross pipes behind the goals, building 2 hinged doors and two goal posts from 114 × 3 thick pipes on the field. And then you can paint them to any color you desire.
After the iron works are complete comes the landscape works. After the field is covered with galvanized and PVC coated wire mesh, 4m thick steel rope is stretched behind the goal and connected with terminal blocks. The area around the playground is surrounded by concrete curbs. For lighting purposes, 4 galvanized lighting poles with 1000 w projectors are erected at each corner of the field.
Infrastructure and Drainage Works
Before the hockey field is built, the ground survey is done and the ground is leveled to be compacted well. 50 x 50 size drainage channels are opened on the ground and around the field. During this process, care is taken to ensure that the channels are inclined. A sand cushion is formed by laying felt on the opened channels. Then, flex-drain drainage pipes are placed and asphalt is poured on the ground after gravel or plant mix filling. Finally, four water collection logs are made in the area. Similarly, irrigation log, water spring and water tank are set up for the irrigation system.
Artificial Grass Works
As the first step of the Artificial Grass application, Shock Pad or geotextile felt (depending on the pile height of artificial grass) is laid between the floor and the artificial grass carpet. After the joints of the carpet are glued with the seaming tape. As the last step, field lines are drawn according to the measurements.