Indoor Sports Buildings – Key Considerations
Toro Shelters have provided sports departments, sports organisations, schools and local communities with the ideal playing environment, incorporating a wide range of auxiliary options within each venue.
If you are using an insulated or double skin structure you should pay careful attention to the lighting ensuring the light level and quality of light on the playing area must be of high quality.
Lighting of your indoor sports hall should give an even, bright, yet glare-free playing area. All lighting systems should be designed to provide adequate visibility of the ball in all areas of the court during play, for both players and spectators, with minimum glare.
The incredibly strong composite membranes that cover the buildings are UV stabilised. They can transmit enough light to negate the need for artificial lighting during daylight operation and remain impervious to wind, rain, snow and chemical attack.
The latticed trusses used by Toro in its warehouse design, allow for an open internal space free of columns or supports. The combination of the internal building height and clear-span results in Toro Sports Hall Shelters offering a massive open space in which to play.
In any building where there is a differential between inside and outside temperatures condensation will form on the inside of the building (Like your car windscreen on a cold winter’s morning). This can be avoided by either ensuring adequate airflow or insulating the structure. As you can see from the images below, Toro’s indoor tennis structures can incorporate an inner insulation layer which reduces the vapour and condensation in the tennis arena.
An inner lining in a Tensile Fabric Sports Hall will improve the appearance of the arena and:
- reflect light back on to the playing surface
- improve the structure’s insulation, thus improving the performance of the HVAC system;
- significantly reduce condensation in the building.
You may also consider having retractable or sliding door slides included on your shelter. Consequently this can be opened in the summer months or warm and calm days to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Toro Shelters sports halls can be climate controlled and / or the sides opened, so the playing conditions are always perfect for the player, which is not always possible with outdoor sport facilities.
An effective HVAC system can be installed capable of changing air within the structure with minimal noise or draft.
It is recommended that all playing arenas must have relatively low levels of noise so that players can concentrate on their game. The following considerations should be made planning your covered sports facilities:
- Keeping fan and air handler noise to a minimum;
- Consider the playing surface you choose – carpet type surfaces dampen noise;
- Side and divider netting reduces noise levels;
- Fabric structures also absorb more sound than steel structures;
- Double skins or insulation layers will greatly reduce noise levels.
If you’re unsure on anything at all please call us. Our friendly team can offer advice at any stage of your project. Therefore, feel free to sound us out with a quick call or email.
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