Preparing your space for the ideal sporting events, comfortable seating and guest accommodations, and a field surface that boasts enhanced aesthetics and player safety are all important considerations while planning a budget-friendly sports field. With so many different field upgrade options available, it may seem like an impossible task trying to organize everything you’d like to include while still respecting your budget. To simplify your plans, here are five factors to consider if you’re hoping to make the most of your field planning and budget.
- Seating Considerations
Seating and guest accommodations can affect your final pricing significantly. If you’re building a field in a low population area or don’t plan on hosting large tournaments, it only makes sense to opt for minimal bleachers or row seating. Many bench-style seating arrangements are comfortable enough for longer games, but these simpler seating options are much cheaper than traditional stadium seating. For larger attendance figures or fancier seats, you can expect to allocate a larger portion of your budget to seating, and minimize your expenses with savings on other elements of the field.
- Decide on the Best Field Surface
Choosing the right player surface is an integral aspect of your long-term cost considerations. While a natural field may cost less initially, the long-term expenses of lawn maintenance, utility bills, and weather-related damage is significantly more than an artificial turf cost over the field’s lifetime.
Artificial turf options offer a greater variety of cost-effective options, with professional turfs manufactured for a variety of sports-specific playability. If your field will be used for multiple high-impact sporting events, you may want to consider a turf with enhanced player protection and surface rebound. If the field is used for lighter sporting activities or will be used infrequently, there are a variety of cost-effective options that still boast improved traction and durability.
- Field Size & Design
The size, style, and overall field design are also important factors to consider when planning your budget. For larger fields or complex design plans, you may want to stick with the most affordable turf options or partner with an artificial turf field construction company that can simplify the entire design process on your behalf.
- Consider the Best Field Location
Along with planning a beautiful field design, it’s essential that you choose a location that promotes accessibility and preserves the integrity of your field. It’s better to place your field away from areas with excessive runoff or high wildlife traffic. If you’re building an outdoor field in an area with lots of precipitation or natural debris, you should plan for additional drainage systems and field maintenance when organizing your budget.
- Choose the Right Field Contractor
Working with an affordable field contractor is the best way to keep your field costs low. Our professional team will help you plan, compare the most affordable options, and provide turn-key field preparation, installation, and ongoing maintenance for a stress-free field improvement that’s within budget and designed to last.