The sports surface is possibly the most essential asset of your sports venue. The type of surface you choose to install will depend on what sports are hosted by your venue. There are six common surface types - polymeric rubber, PVC, wooden surfaces, concrete, natural turf and artificial turf.
For indoor sports venues, PVC and wooden surfaces are normally used, though other versions of carpet type surfaces are also available. Popular indoor sports include football, squash, tennis, badminton and basketball. Football and the racquet sports in particular can have some flexibility as to which surface is used. Things to consider when choosing an indoor sports surface include the speed of the surface, visual appeal, durability and cost.
For outdoor sports, with the exception of sprinting which is often done on either concrete or polymeric rubber, most sports are played on natural turf or artificial turf. The last decade or so has seen an increase in the number of artificial pitches being built. Many of these are designed to accommodate both hockey and football.
Whilst the artificial surfaces are more expensive to build, they are usually worthwhile in providing a consistent quality sports surface for the players all year round. Furthermore, artificial surfaces are low maintenance and typically do not degrade when excessively used.
There are many different types of natural turf available and sports fields with natural grass can maintain a quality pitch with good groundsmanship.