The Rise and Rise of Pickleball

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Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content Marketing Intern, The Sports Facilities Companies.  Pickleball. I have to assume you have heard of it by now. Although it was created in 1965, pickleball gained popularity back in 2013 and slowly started taking over a few tennis courts around the country. But in 2021, pickleball started growing to […]

3 Reasons to Implement Digital Counters at Your Recreation Center or Sports Facility

Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content Marketing Intern, The Sports Facilities Companies.  In an article featured in the January 1937 edition of “Popular Science Monthly” was a new device that used infrared beams to count cars passing by on a highway. This device was used to find the total number of vehicles that passed by […]

Storage Standards and Strategies for Outdoor Sports Facilities

Sand Mountain Park

Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content Marketing Intern, The Sports Facilities Companies.  Have you ever gone by a soccer field when it wasn’t being used and noticed that the soccer goals were flipped around and chained to the fence? That is a standard practice because the goals are cumbersome and can handle pretty much anything […]

Storage Standards and Strategies for Indoor Sports Facilities

Together, we can create your ideal facility. Get Started Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content Marketing Intern, The Sports Facilities Companies.  Storage space is something that everyone needs, yet it is often left on the chopping block to make room for revenue generating activities. There are numerous companies that offer solutions to add storage […]

3 Design Considerations to Increase Sport Facility Use During Non-Peak Times

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Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content Marketing Intern, The Sports Facilities Companies.  A major concern for anyone interested in bringing a new sports complex into their community is driving visits from Monday-Thursday (typically non-peak hours for sports tourism venues). You can develop a beautifully designed venue but if it sits empty part of the […]

3 Design Considerations That Impact Sports Facility Operations

Sand Mountain Park

Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content Marketing Intern, The Sports Facilities Companies.  When designing a new sports facility, it is easy to get carried away with the design of the structures, courts, and fields that you are providing to your community. The design of those areas is often the most fulfilling. However, there are […]

Methods for Measuring Success: A New Way to Look at Youth Sports and Recreation Complexes

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Guest post written by Jim Arnold, National Director of Business Development, The Sports Facilities Companies.  Every so often, our industry goes through a recalibration of how sports tourism and recreations assets function and, in-turn, are funded. Pre-Recession (2008), a vast majority of sports tournaments were hosted by park and recreation assets within a community. Coming […]

Building a Sense of Arrival at Sports Complexes

ETOWN Sports Park

When you walk into Elizabethtown Sports Park in Elizabethtown, KY, you know you have arrived at somewhere special. You’re greeted by a warm, yet majestic archway, lined with stone columns and a large sign above that says “baseball pavilion”. Once in the complex, guests enter an inviting common area with wayfinding to help them navigate […]

Sports Facility Design Considerations that Impact Guest Experience

Guest post written by Kathleen Kans, Marketing Assistant, The SF Companies.  How your sports facility is designed has a strong correlation to overall guest satisfaction. This puts emphasis on the importance of design considerations including purposeful storage, intentional flow and design, designated spaces, and ease of access. In this article, we will take a closer look […]

3 Ways Sports and Entertainment Are Integrating

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Have you ever wanted to “bend it like Beckham”, drive a golf ball 350 feet, or mix in a little exercise with your happy hour? In recent years, the trend of mixing in sports and social activity has developed in new and exciting ways. Born out of traditional social sports like bowling and kickball, more […]

4 Sports Facility Design Trends for 2022

Iron Peak

An exciting new era of sports facility design is upon us. The emergence of new technologies, paradigm shifts in how we enjoy sporting events, and the realization that we all enjoy sports differently drive a new set of trends that will impact venues for years to come. Below are four sports facility design trends that […]

Unique Experiences in Sports Complexes

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Download our Cedar Point Sports Center Case Study Download While the fact that we can enjoy sporting events in person again should be enough to make every sports fan rush to their local sports complex, we know that it takes more than that. Sports venues across the country are in a constant battle to attract […]