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Deciding on Sports Facility Capacity

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Deciding on Sports Facility Capacity

How do you decide on the right capacity for a sports facility? There are many important factors to consider that will impact the number of customers your facility can handle. This is not just for things like stadium or field seating, but also the capacity for indoor fitness areas like gyms, swimming pools, and recreation rooms. In this blog, Sports Facilities Advisory provides guidance for deciding on the right capacity for your sports facility.

What is the Demand?

A good place to start when it comes to assessing what your building size and capacity should be is what the demand in the local area is. As a part of your initial research, before you even start planning the layout, you should assess what people in the area actually want. Building a stadium with a high capacity in an area without much demand for large-scale sports events is going to be a waste of time, money, and effort.

Consider Your Services and Amenities

By identifying which services and amenities are in demand in your market area, you can tailor a facility to meet the needs of your community. You can also use this information to scale the size and scope of certain amenities based on demand. The more you intend to offer, the more research and groundwork you will need to do. This will mean more work initially, but it will provide a more precise market-fit that will pay dividends later on. Consider future factors, such as whether the market area you are targeting is likely to grow.

Consider Your Management and Staffing

The capacity of your facility or sports complex is not just about how many users it can serve. It will also impact your staffing decisions. Generally, a higher capacity means more customers, which means more staff in direct service and supervisory positions. This will also mean more training for the safety of both staff and facility users. While it might seem like a lot of work, careful planning and consideration for capacity can be efficiently integrated into your project planning.

Start Planning with Sports Facilities Advisory

Capacity is just one part of your project. You need to make sure you have the right information and professional guidance every step of the way. Whether you are planning a sports facility or recreation center, trust the team at Sports Facilities Advisory to help you plan for success. Talk to our team to get started today.

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