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What Makes Sports Facility Construction So Challenging

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

There are nearly 10,000 sports complexes in the United States and together, they earned $1 billion in 2019. Over 33,000 people are employed in the running and upkeep of these sports complexes.


By: Karen Lopez

October 7th, 2021


The industry saw annual growth of 4.1% between 2014 and 2019, proving how popular and profitable it can be.

However, constructing a sports facility comes with its own set of challenges. Designing a state-of-the-art facility is a complex process and contractors should keep several factors in mind.


When the cost of building a local outdoor sports facility could be anywhere between $12 million and $20 million, it is not a simple undertaking. It makes sense to choose a contractor who has experience with sports facilities.


Challenges Unique to Sports Facility Construction


Most large construction projects are challenging in one way or another but a sports facility entails a few unique challenges:


1. Strict Deadlines


Organized sports are played during particular seasons i.e. a time of the year when regulated games are in session.

For instance, Major League Baseball is played between March end to September end. Association football and basketball are played between August to May.


Thus, the construction of a sports facility should be done keeping these periods of the year in mind. Work should be completed within set deadlines because the start of a season cannot be delayed.


It is particularly challenging when a sports facility is meant to host more than one sport. Not only will each sport have different requirements but these requirements will vary depending on the age groups of the teams being served.


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