Should I Have an Indoor or Outdoor Pool at my Recreation Center

Choosing Between an Indoor and Outdoor Pool at a Recreation Center

Many recreation centers have pools available for their members and guests. It’s pretty common to see indoor pools, but sometimes a recreation center may offer outdoor pools. Which one is right for your facility all depends on a variety of factors. Today we’ll be taking a look at the benefits and disadvantages of each and whether or not a pool is a good addition to your facility.

Indoor Pool

First, we’ll go over indoor pools since you see them in recreation centers all the time. There are several aspects of indoor pools that make them especially enticing. Perhaps the biggest advantage is the protection from the weather. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, an indoor pool can be used year round. If you live in an especially cold climate, an indoor pool is an absolute necessity. People can swim and get their exercise whenever they want.

Another huge advantage of indoor pools is the lack of maintenance. You still have to make sure your pool is clean and the chemicals are balanced, but it’s protected from the elements. You won’t have to worry about environmental factors causing you trouble.

Outdoor Pool

An outdoor pool is a great way to attract guests and new members during the warmer months. Outdoor pools are great because they bring in people who may not have come to your recreation center otherwise. Outdoor pools are also fairly cost effective to build when compared to indoor pools. You don’t have to construct a building to house it, and you don’t have to pay for all the utilities that portion of the building would use.

If you live in a climate that’s warm year-round, an outdoor pool may be a great idea. Outdoor pools also have the benefit of an open-air environment, which allows the fumes from the chemicals to be naturally blown away. You have to have proper ventilation for an indoor pool to counter this issue. Plus, customers will love the opportunity to get some sun.

Implement Both

If it’s feasible for the market you’re in, you may consider building both indoor and outdoor pools. This will undoubtedly bring in the maximum amount of customers. Keep in mind, this entirely depends on market assessment and how financially lucrative having both may be. There’s a distinct possibility that having both isn’t worthwhile, especially if you live in colder climates. This is also the most expensive option. For the most part, having just an indoor pool is sufficient for most facilities and is generally the most profitable option.

Sports Facilities Advisory Can Guide You to the Perfect Recreation Center

Building a new recreation center or renovating an existing recreation center is a huge endeavor. Having the proper feasibility studies and information is invaluable to this process. Contact Sports Facilities Advisory today to let us help you make the important decisions on your recreation center. We’re happy to offer our experience and expertise.

Facility Planning: Should I Have a Concession Stand?

Should I Incorporate a Concession Stand in my Facility Planning?

An important step of facility planning is determining what features and amenities you want your facility to have. A great feature that will please guests is a concession stand. Concession stands can be a great way to bring in some extra profit during events and regular business hours. Sometimes a concession stand may not be ideal for your facility; it all depends.

Conducting feasibility studies greatly helps to determine if features like these are worthwhile. Sometimes volunteers set up DIY concession stands for events that have basic items, but for the sake of this discussion, we’ll be referring to an actual built-in concession stand with full staffing and features.

Is Your Facility Big Enough?

When going through the process of facility planning you’ll be able to see how much you can include in your facility. If your facility is only going to be a practice facility or if the facility is going to be relatively small, a concession stand may not be necessary. Ideally, you would want to implement a concession stand into a facility that will be holding a lot of games or tournaments or a facility where a good amount of people come through the doors every day.

For instance, a concession stand may be great for a huge college recreation center, but may not be the best idea for a small basketball court with only the most basic features. Remember, the concession stand is secondary income, so make sure your facility is bringing in the most money before thinking about a concession stand.

Do You Have Staff In Place?

If you’re opening a full blown concession stand, keep in mind it needs to be properly staffed. Depending on your menu options, you’ll probably need staff that knows at least a little about cooking. At the very least you’ll need proper training in place. You’ll also need to meet certain health standards due to the fact you’re serving food. Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management can help you determine if this is viable during the facility planning stage.

Let Sports Facilities Advisory Help WIth Your Facility Planning

Facility planning is a delicate and comprehensive process. You need to look at each aspect at every angle. Opening a concession stand could be beneficial, but it helps to have professional advice when making this decision. Let us help you through the facility planning and with any other facility service you may need. Sports Facilities Advisory offers feasibility studies, management services, developmental funding, and more. Contact us today or view our website for more information.

Feasibility Studies: Important Terms to Know

Important Terms Used in Feasibility Studies

Feasibility studies can be complicated and can be hard to properly interpret. Sports Facilities Advisory specializes in feasibility studies, so we can easily walk you through everything and break down each aspect. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have some know-how of your own. We’ll ensure you fully grasp everything, so you’re completely prepared to make the necessary business decisions.

Feasibility Studies

Our first term is the one whose definition you most obviously need to know. Feasibility studies are, in a very basic sense, the research we do to make sure a project is feasible. Meaning if a sports complex, recreation center, or facility has no chance of being profitable in the market in which you’re looking to build, these results will be uncovered before spending time and money on building it. With our comprehensive studies and research, we can get an extremely accurate forecast of what opening a facility in the market will look like.

Market Assessment

An important part of feasibility studies is the market assessment. This is where we determine how viable a facility is in any given market. This means we find out what the current and future potential of the market is. Does this facility meet a certain need in the market, and will it be something that can last for years to come? This also determines who your main competitors are and how viable it is to go up against them.

Financial Planning

In this part of the feasibility study, we determine the financial aspects of the facility. Namely startup costs and funding. This stage helps to determine if the startup costs are within means. It also helps to determine who potential funding sources might be. The developmental funding stage is where this is handled more in depth. The developmental funding stage comes later, and is only pursued after the study determines the facility is worth building in the first place.

Management Assessment

This stage helps to determine the staffing and management structure for a successful facility. If there is already proposed staff in place, it evaluates how necessary and valuable this staff could be. Sports Facilities Management is another option to incorporate into the study. We offer outsourced management services, which can also be weighed as a benefit toward the future facility.

Contact Sports Facilities Advisory Today

Sports Facilities Advisory conducts the best and most through feasibility studies in the industry. Our connections and research allows us to truly give you a precise idea as to whether or not opening your facility is a viable option. More than just studies, we also offer facility planning, developmental funding, outsourced management services, and much more. Trust someone with experience, trust Sports Facilities Advisory. For more information contact us today or view our website.

Top Tier Sports Tourism: The Super Bowl

High-Level Sports Tourism: The Super Bowl

Here at Sports Facilities Advisory, we talk a lot about how sports tourism can positively affect the community and local economy. Perhaps one of the biggest and well-known sports tourism events is the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl draws millions of viewers to their TVs and thousands of visitors to the city where it’s held. Though the Super Bowl may seem like a surefire way to bring profits and exposure to a city, it doesn’t always pan out perfectly. We can learn a lot about sports tourism by taking a look at what does and doesn’t work for the Super Bowl.

Exposure

One thing that the Super Bowl undoubtedly does well is give exposure to the city where it’s being held. Beautiful establishing shots of the city are shown on TV between commercials. Sports fans who may not have visited otherwise will get a chance to see the city. This is a great time for city planners and officials to really showcase all their city has to offer. It’s also a great opportunity to get exposure for their football stadium. Fans watching on TV can see how amazing it looks and fans visiting for the first time may consider coming back if they have a good enough experience.

Economic Impact

This is where things can get a bit shaky. Sometimes the Super Bowl can make a positive impact on profits and local economy, but sometimes the impact can be minimal. The factors going into this depend a lot on the city and how well the event is handled. No matter what happens, the impact is undoubtedly positive. You certainly won’t lose money if your city holds the Super Bowl, but sometimes the profits and impact are overestimated by quite a bit. Sometimes the Super Bowl is viewed as a huge event that skyrockets the local economy to unprecedented levels, but much of the time this is simply not the case. Your short term profits and economy are where you’ll see the most benefits.

Lasting Impact

One of the main goals of sports tourism is drawing visitors to your sports complex for years to come. When it comes to the Super Bowl, the lasting impact on the economy is relatively miniscule.  Only twice in NFL history has the Super Bowl been held in a Super Bowl team’s home market, so it doesn’t really cause more locals to get to the stadium and see the game. It may increase tourism for a few months after, but not in a drastic manner. The Super Bowl is very much an event, not a staple of the community.

Contact the Sports Tourism Experts

Here at Sports Facilities Advisory, we have the knowledge and expertise to increase sports tourism for a community. It all comes down to feasibility, facility planning, and funding. All of which are areas we are more than familiar with at Sports Facilities Advisory. Contact us today or view our website for even more information about sports tourism.

How Do You Maintain Outdoor Sports Facilities?

Insights on Maintaining Outdoor Sports Facilities

Some sports facilities outsource their field maintenance to professionals, some hire a professional for only certain aspects of their field, and some train staff members how to take care of the fields. Each field maintenance technique has advantages and disadvantages, and all of these strategies can keep your fields looking great. You must determine, however, which strategy works best for your sports facilities. If you have indoor facilities, like basketball or racquetball courts, you also need to take into consideration general maintenance of the flooring, upkeep of equipment, and regular painting of the lines and walls.

Choice 1: Outsourcing Maintenance

If you need top-of-the-line fields at your sports facilities, then you might want to consider hiring outside professionals to keep the fields in pristine shape. Much of this decision depends on prices, time, and available staff. If you have the capability to train your sports facilities staff to aerate, to topdress, and to mow appropriately, then you only need to look at time and cost. Consider the price of the equipment you need. You need mowers, a fertilizer spreader, a slice seeder, an aerator, and a utility vehicle. These can cost tens of thousands of dollars in total. This price tag might force you to hire a crew to perform all your field maintenance.

Choice 2: Outsourcing Part of Your Tasks

Let’s say you have groundworkers with the expertise in topdressing but not aeration or slit-seeding, then you can outsource part of the tasks. Some aspects of your field only need maintenance once or twice a year, and the equipment necessary for these tasks cost a great deal. Outsourcing this labor often saves you money.

Choice 3: Utilizing a Fully Trained Staff

You can either hire professionals with training and expertise in all the intricate details of field maintenance, or you could give assistance for staff willing to take classes in groundskeeping. This choice will definitely cost the most money upfront, but the investments will pay for themselves in the long run when you don’t have to pay for professional crews on a regular basis.

Rethink Your Sports Facilities with Sports Facilities Advisory

At Sports Facilities Advisory, we pride ourselves on our ability to help clients rethink and successfully execute sports facilities plans. If you need help attaining development funding or need feasibilities studies, we can help with that. Contact Sports Facilities Advisory today to find out how we can help you take your complex to the next level.

Offering Pottery at Your Recreation Center

Should You Offer Pottery at Your Recreation Center?

When most of us think of a recreation center, we think of soccer, basketball, racquetball, and weights. We think or climbing walls and yoga classes. Any great recreation center should have as its focus the wellbeing of the community. This often comes in the form of exercise, but other activities can bring people together and help people stay healthy. When we talk about health, we often forget about all aspects of it. Some people focus only on the physical elements of their health and worry less about their mental, psychological, and emotional wellbeing. When you offer art classes like pottery at you recreation center, you offer an alternate pathway to healthy living for your community.

Pottery & Physical Health

Though it may not seem like a physical activity, turning a lump of clay into a pot, vase, or coffee mug takes not only muscle control but also strength in the wrists, arms, and shoulders. The act of steadying your body and moving hands, arms, and fingers in sync develops fine motor skills. Both of these benefits help anyone prone to arthritis by strengthening those danger zones. Throwing pottery, like all forms of art, reduces stress. This helps the body relax and can relieve all those aches and pains the stress of the work week brings on.

Pottery & Mental Health

When you build a recreation center, you invest in your community’s health. This includes their mental health as well. Athletics do a great job of improving confidence and relieving stress, but not everyone has the same physical capacity or desire to play sports. Adding pottery and other artistic courses to your recreation center allow more people from the community to engage in positive pastimes as a community. By expressing themselves with something as simple as a lump of clay, people gain self-confidence through pottery. They also explore their creative side, problem solve, and zone out the worries of the day when they bend over the spinning wheel. This intense focus will not only relieve stress but also help people stay more focused in their daily activities. Pottery has been known to improve people’s outlooks and often gives participants a positive outlook because they see themselves improving and gaining skills.

Pottery & Socializing

Though artists and creative people have the same capacity for competition as athletes, pottery doesn’t inherently lend itself to competition. You don’t have to beat another person or compare yourself to others to judge your work. This allows you to have a more realistic perspective of your improvement. You can literally see how each different piece turns out! This noncompetitive environment allows less competitive people to feel less intimidated. Socializing becomes much easier. People work together and teach skills to newer classmates. Your recreation center will soon become even more integral to your community when people go there to see friends and to share the joy of creation.

Design Your Recreation Center with Sports Facilities Advisory

Sports Facilities Advisory will help you design, fund, and construct your recreation center. We have years of experience in the field of sports complex design, feasibility studies, and development funding. If you need help bringing your project to fruition, contact Sports Facilities Advisory.

Understanding Sports Tourism Terminology

The Terminology of Sports Tourism

The concept of sports tourism sound simple, right? You host a sporting event and people come to this event. These people make up the sports tourism industry with their travel and the influx of money into your business. But in reality, sports tourism has a lot of different parts, and there is much to consider when hosting an event at your sports complex or sports facilities. Honestly, you can host a fantastic sporting event that draws in tourists without understanding the intricate workings of the tourism sector of your event. If you want to gather investors or speak the same language as all the different parties needed to run a large-scale tournament, however, you might want to know the terminology.

Sports Tourism Terms to Know

Sports tourism is the act of traveling to participate, either passively or actively, in a sporting event. This takes many forms, and we can further break this term down into different categories.

Soft Tourism

When it comes to tourism for sports, soft is most commonly used to indicate people who while traveling to a location engages with a sport but not for competition. This includes scuba diving while on a cruise or skiing while staying at a resort.

Hard Tourism

Hard tourism indicates the sector of the tourist community that travels to a location with the intent to participate in or watch a competitive sporting event. You can think of both Olympic spectators or little league players as participants of hard tourism.

Active Tourism

This form of tourism doesn’t fit neatly into the category of either soft or hard tourism. An active tourist is a tourist who participates in a sport, regardless of whether the sport is leisurely or competitive. The skier at his resort, the soccer player at her recreational state tournament, and the mountain climber visiting her favorite mountain all participate in active sports tourism.

Event Tourism

When most people think of sports tourism, they think of event tourism because we see this most often on television. The Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup are prominent versions of event tourism. This includes both the active and passive tourists.

Nostalgia Tourism

When you visit the baseball hall of fame or any other museum dedicated to a sport, you participate in nostalgia tourism. This category also includes visiting iconic sports stadiums.

Capitalizing on Tourism with Sports Facilities Advisory

Knowing the terminology to sports tourism is a great first step, but the intricacies of the industry can cause some sports complexes to stumble. Sports Facilities Advisory can help you capitalize on the tourism in your area and help you get the most out of the events at your sports complex.

Ways to Incorporate Natural Lighting Into Your Sports Complex Design

Sports Complex Design: Natural Lighting

Everyone loves a sunny day, but most sports complex designs neglect natural light. Natural sunlight offers many health benefits. It provides vitamin D, increases serotonin, and can help improve your mood. Other health benefits either linked directly or indirectly with sunlight include the reduced likelihood of certain cancers, the increased strength of bones, and the increased chances of losing weight. Just imagine how much healthier your customers’ workouts could be if they exercised under sunlight instead of artificial light. Luckily, there are sports complex design ideas out there that allow you to bring sunlight indoors. If you plan on building a sports complex for basketball, hockey, or other indoor sports, you don’t have to rely on just artificial light.

Add Skylights

Probably the simplest solution to adding sunlight to your sports complex design, skylights open up the sky to your athletes. Skylights offer a beautiful balance between the outdoors and the indoors. Guests at your sports complex get not only the light of the outdoors but also the natural progression of the sun throughout the day. This natural progression of sunlight, though giving your sports complex an outdoor feel, may cause contrasting areas of shadow and light on playing surfaces. Sports complex design with skylights must take this into account and prepare methods of properly lighting the entire complex depending on the sun’s placement.

Add a Retractable Roof

This method of natural light can cost a pretty penny. If your sports complex caters to professional athletes or doubles as an arena that hosts professional or collegiate events, then retractable roofs might be right for your sports complex design. Natural light and the outdoors allow spectators to more thoroughly enjoy the sporting event and see the game in clearer, crisper colors than indoor lighting would allow.

Add Light Tubes

Light tubes are large tubes lined on the inside with mirrors. Sunlight hits the top of the tube, reflects through the tube, and diffuses into the sports complex below. Light tubes have a slight advantage over skylight because they allow an even distribution of light, no matter the time of day. Light tubes also allow for natural light on the first floor courts of two-story buildings.

Sports Complex Design with Sports Facilities Advisory

If you want to improve your sports complex design, you should look no further than Sports Facilities Advisory. We have years of experience working with sports facilities, recreation centers, and sports complexes around the nation. We also create feasibility studies, help you receive development funding, and work with you through the entire process of creating a sustainable business plan for your sports complex. Contact Sports Facilities Advisory today to get started on your complex.

Building an Alternative Sports Complex for Paintball

Ideas for a Paintball Sports Complex

For a few years now, alternative and extreme sports continue to rise in popularity. Adults, kids, women, and men are all finding unique, fresh takes on sporting competition and sports complexes around the world have taken notice. Sports Facilities Advisory teamed up with Empower Adventures to build Tampa Bay’s premier zip line over the Mobbly Bayou. Rock climbing walls are now fixtures in any popular gyms. Snowboarding, skateboarding, and BMXing continue to excite all generation. Today, however, we would like to explore the sports complex possibilities of an unlikely sport: paintball.

A Brief History of Paintball

Paintball rose from a small niche product into a relatively unknown sport into a sensation in little more than 30 years. Crossman and The Nelson Paint Company produced paintball guns in the mid-1960s. Ranchers and foresters used these paintball guns to mark trees and runaway cattle. In 1981, a group of 12 friends came up with the idea of purchasing paintball guns and playing a survival game in order to determine who had the best survival skills. The first paintball sports complex wasn’t sport-specific but a cross-country ski arena. Much has changed in the last 36 years.

What Type of Paintball Sports Complex Do You Need?

These days players engage in many different variants of the paintball game played in the summer of 1981. If you want to build a profitable paintball sports complex, you need to cater to all different types of players. The most popular games include capture the flag, speedball, elimination, and VIP. In capture the flag, elimination, and VIP, you have a lot of leeway in your sports complex design. Athletes can play these game variations on a wooded course, an urban course, or a speedball course.

Design a Sports Complex with Different Gameplay & Courses in Mind

You need to build multiple courses so that people have variety. Different games require different courses. Capture the flag usually involves a large amount of players and two teams trying to capture a flag to return to their home base. This game requires equal parts stealth and speed, so large woods courses work well for this game. Elimination involves marking every player on the opposing team, making this game extremely versatile. VIP pits a small band who must protect one player against a full team. Most players like to play this game on a course with highly concealed areas where players can easily hide. Speedball is all about eliminating opponents quickly.

Consider designing large forest courses with man-made walls, pits, and bunkers for players to hide behind. Urban courses, using trailers or old buildings, add a bit of variety and make for faster-paced courses that people can still play capture the flag or VIP on. Speedball courses use inflatable barriers placed symmetrically on a flat small course. Players start the course within shooting range, giving these matches a quick pace and a high-adrenaline feel.

Design a Complex with Different Contestants in Mind

A great paintball sports complex caters to athletes focused on both competition and leisure. Many people love choosing paintball for birthday parties, retirement bashes, or corporate team-building outings. You want to make sure that your complex caters to these athletes as well as the ultra-competitive paintball players. A bar with adult beverages, along with CO2 filling stations, and a store will help you look good in the eyes of everyone there.

Let Sports Facilities Advisory Help You Get Started

We do everything from feasibility studies to sports complex design to development funding. When you partner with Sports Facilities Advisory, you invest in your future success. Feel free to contact Sports Facilities Advisory today to see how we can help you.

Feasibility Studies Will Help You Attract Investors

Feasibility Studies Help Investors Choose Your Business

How Feasibility Studies Attract Investors

When you entrust Sports Facilities Advisory to create and write feasibility studies for your business venture, you ask us to not only help perfect your idea but also give you a tool to entice investors. We implement feasibility studies that take into consideration everything your business needs to flourish. Robust and accurate feasibility studies take into consideration the demographic of your area, a market analysis of the area, a comparative study of similar business ventures, and more. When Sports Facilities Advisory writes a study for you, you increase your appeal to investors for a few reasons.

You Might Not Receive Investments Without One

It’s a harsh reality but private lenders do not like to consider investing in businesses without feasibility studies. This might sound frustrating, but investors cannot get a clear picture of your business model if they can’t look at something that tangibly describes your idea. A feasibility study gives them concrete projections and a clearly defined business strategy in one convenient report. If you don’t have a study, some lenders will not even consider your business plan.

Feasibility Studies Help You Improve Before Meeting Investors

Few business plans come to us fully developed and perfected. The best business ventures have dead ends and wrong turns, but that is why you brainstorm and work through problems. Feasibility studies add an extra, trained eye to your process. When you invite an outside agency like Sports Facilities Advisory to look into your venture, you get the feedback you might have missed previously. Once you incorporate this feedback and adjust accordingly, your plan looks even better to investors.

A Study Gives You the Potential for a New Partner

As a huge name in sports complex design and developmental funding, Sports Facilities Advisory can open doors to investment possibilities you may not have had access to in the past. Because we come with a great track record, having us on your side will give confidence to investors that your business plan is on the right track. We have built, designed, and managed sports complexes for years, and we know how to work alongside you through every step of the process. Our reputation soon becomes your reputation.

Contact Sports Facilities Advisory Today

If you need feasibility studies, sports complex designs, or just want to talk to us about a possible business venture, feel free to contact Sports Facilities Advisory today. We love what we do, and we have a wealth of expertise. Do not pass up the opportunity work with us and get yourself on the best possible path to success.