The summer season is nearly here, and we all know what that means – that means games will once again be played on sports grounds, and even games that start during the fall (such as football) will have many more spectators by then. Tennis is a sport that naturally thrives during the summer, and there are other sports, like basketball, which seem to get more players in the summer. As a sports ground manager or the person in charge of a sports facility, it’s up to you to make sure that your sports ground is up to par and can live up to the expectations of all sports participants. Often, this means making sure your facilities and grounds are in order, and fencing is of particular importance. If you want to replace old fencing or set up new grounds, here are the top three factors to consider when installing sports ground fencing.
- Security concerns
When it comes to security, there are two kinds of security you should think about: one is the security of spectators and other players during a game, and another one is the security of your premises. First, think about the security of spectators and other players – and with this, think about the height of the fence. Some sports can have shorter fencing, like hockey, but other sports need higher fencing, like football, tennis, cricket, or basketball. Sports ground fencing with additional netting made of mesh is ideal, and the reason for this is that you want to prevent balls from getting into the road or street and hitting passersby or spectators.
It is vital to have a high enough fence regarding security for your premises to deter unwanted people from gaining access and trespassing into your property, especially at night. You wouldn’t want to fall victim to theft or vandalism, so it’s best to have high (and high-quality) MUGA fencing.
- Prevent wildlife from entering
Of course, there will be more wildlife in places outside the city, for example. And the location of your pitch or court will determine the kind of wildlife you will get, and it will also determine how frequently they will visit! The fact of the matter is that wildlife can do a lot within your facility – they can cause damage, make a mess, and even spread and harbour disease. So look carefully at your location and see which wildlife is out there to know which fence is the most suitable. For instance, strong railings made of metal may be ideal for bigger wildlife, but it may be possible to keep out small wildlife (like squirrels or rabbits) using mesh fencing.
- Gates make a difference
The gates you choose will also make a difference, and many people neglect to think about this one aspect. You need to consider the gates you select, and most sports ground gates are supposed to be easy to open and allow pedestrian and vehicle access. Along with this, try to make it so that the fence and the gates ‘blend in’ to the surrounding area, and for this, mesh wire fences and gates do the job. They allow spectators to see in and keep track of the game whilst advertising it to anyone driving or passing by.