Building a football field is one of the best things that can be done for a community. By having clear and ready access to a football field, kids and young adults have a place to go, far away from the streets. They get an outlet that lets them get a lot of energy out of them, and into something healthy and consecutive. A good football field can also serve as a valid source of income for the community. Charging a very small fee for local games and tournaments can help people invest in building it up. It will practically pay for itself. And of course, there is the health benefit.
Namely, you will get people, young and old, to spend some time in the sunshine, outside in fresh air, and get some exercise. Playing a nice game of soccer is much more fun than just jogging every morning. It also binds the community and the players together.
However, as you can expect, this can cost you a pretty penny, and you need to properly assess just how much can something like this cost. For this reason, we have taken the liberty of writing up an article to help you get started.
First, if you want to have a proper football field, you need to think about the setup found outside the field itself. So, we’re talking about lighting, stands, fences, basically, things that allow for a game to happen. Remember you want to have the players have fun, but you want the audience to actually be able to see the players themselves. So, invest in proper stands and fences, you can make this money back in no time with tickets and tournaments.
Furthermore, you want proper sports field lighting set up. Indeed, this will allow you to actually hold games on dark, dreary days, and during the night. If you never played a night-time game, you do not know what you’re missing out on. Now, depending on the size of the field, and your needs, these can range anywhere from two hundred thousand pounds, to twice that.
Next, you want proper changing rooms and coach offices. Depending on the size of the changing rooms, you can get a bill that ranges anywhere from a quarter of a million pounds, up to six hundred thousand pounds. However, these are numbers for proper facilities. Some are colder or lack showers, cheaper, and smaller. Think about your budget and how much you actually want to invest.
Here you have to invest in goals posts, balls, the grass, and goals. Let’s start with the part that is the most fun, and that is the easiest to choose – a ball. You can get a ball for any price, anywhere from a hundred to five hundred pounds. Of course, you can get one for 20 at your local shop, but we all know how long those can last.
Next, goals posts. Goals posts are important for obvious reasons, but their price ranges, depending on their size. So if you get a 3×2 meter goal, it will be sufficiently cheaper than a 7×3 one. What also influences their price is whether they are portable, do they have sleeves or things of that nature. Their price can be anything between seven hundred pounds and two thousand five hundred.
Turf is probably the most important part of this article. Depending on the type of grass, your players will run more (or less) smoothly. They need maneuverability, speed, and stability. Low-quality turf can actually cause them to hurt themselves.
You can go with either real grass or artificial turf. Now, real grass needs to be maintained. You need to have it mowed, weeded, watered… However, people make this mistake thinking that artificial turf does not need to be maintained. That is false. There is work to be done there as well, as chunks of it can simply disappear or be removed.
Know that the artificial turf can heat up more during the hot summer months. The cost of these two is difficult to estimate. On the one hand, artificial turf can be more expensive than grass. On the other, if you need to fix up the field and have it leveled, artificial can be the more cost-effective option. And of course, the most important factor is the actual size of the field. A square meter of turf can set you back anywhere between two and fourteen pounds. For a regular sized field, you can be looking at anything between fourteen thousand to almost a hundred thousand pounds.
The total price of a field is difficult to estimate. It can range anywhere between a hundred thousand to one million pounds. There are many factors to consider, and it’s up to you to make the choice. Look at your budget, consult your investors, and know that whatever choice you make, you’re doing wonders for your community.