Multi-Sport venues

Nowdays, in this new era post-Covid, with the biggest recesion on our tourism & leisure industry, we must to reinvent ourselves. Our sport surface management and design must change to adapt these new days to versatility in a way to optimise its use all year round depending on clients demand.

Versatility does not make a sport surface worst but more profitable

Inclusion of different sport practices on the same venue requires a design and management which must take into account the characteristics of those particular sports, we need to understand the games properly. It will be easy to mix Football and Rugby, meanwhile in the case for Football and Cricket will need some adjustments to adapt both sports to their required playability, biomechanic needs and agronomic conditions. The adaptability to those changes in the design phase is easy but doing so once the venue is built, will have high costs and sometimes it will not be possible, so that these are important aspects on the first steps of the process.

For Cricket venues, the moisture either for the outifield and wickets need to be under control, monitoring the right amount of water added in each irrigation cicle, use of covers, etc…Cricketers will ask for dry surfaces (without dew) menwhile footballers ask for water very often in order to have faster ball roll. The irrigation scheme will also require that consideration at the design phase, adjusting coverage to the desired watered areas and avoiding use of irrigation pipes under the Cricket Pitches.

Irrigation and coverage design

On these designs, the space between football and Cricket pitches can be used for goalkeepers training, making again versatile each square meter of our sport facilities. The number of wickets will need to be sufficient to allow groundsmen to renovate them while play can be carried out without disturbance.

Technology tools will also be versatile, groundsmen will just change the range at which they set up their surfaces depending on sport practices. Infiltration rates on Wickets will be just of a few units meanwhile at our football pitches should be of a few hundreds. Hardiness on football will require values among 60 and 90 gravities while on wickets most times should be above 300 G through compaction done with rollers and lowering slowly the amount of water in our soils. Another characteristic very important to take into account is the amount of organic matter, and even more its control. On the mechanic aeration point of view, tungsten materials will be required on hard and clay content surfaces like wickets.

Capacity to swap over height of cuts depending on required sport will also be neccesary

We should not forget about the nets, so important at Cricket training. Recomended ranges apply also to these surfaces, and not just being at right values but being homogeneous on the whole area studied.

In the same way, versatility may apply to Croquet and Bowling greens, just taking into consideration their playability.

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