Communities across the country are constructing massive sports complexes as an attempt to draw visitors and generate a positive economic impact to their city. There are many challenges in building large scale facilities, but Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Alabama is attempting the impossible - rain or shine playability, 365 days a year.
SportsField Management Magazine took an in-depth look to see how Foley Sports Tourism Complex is handling the challenge at hand.
From afar, it would seem as though artificial turf with a sufficient drainage system would be the best method for ensuring playability, but consultant Charles Graham went a different route. Graham utilized a strategy commonly used on golf courses by topping Alabama’s signature red clay-based soil with 10 inches of native sand mixed with porous ceramic in hopes to accelerate drainage.
The City of Foley receives an average of nearly 60 inches of rainfall per year and with the recently constructed Sports Tourism Complex, it is vital for proper drainage to ensure each event and tournament is successful. Designing fields to be playable in all weather helps Foley attract visitors and host events year-round.
For complexes that do not have the luxury of 365 day playability, cancelling events and refunding customers can be a massive headache. Fortunately, it does not have to be thanks to GymDandy's one-click cancellation feature. With just the click of a button, you can cancel the day's events, ensure all customers are refunded, and notify your staff. The weather can be unpredictable, but your customer's satisfaction does not have to be.