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Building Press Boxes: Easily Constructed to Fit Your Needs


If you’re building a stadium or athletic field, one of the most important areas to get right are your press boxes and team rooms. These often need to be custom-built and customized in order to meet the specific needs of your team, which can make things difficult. Luckily, there are many different approaches that you can take when building your press boxes, and it’s these approaches that we’ll cover in this article on how to build press boxes easily and effectively.

Sports Arenas
With many sports arenas still in use today, from Rome’s Colosseum to Madison Square Garden, construction methods have changed significantly since their creation. Now, with Green Construction practices becoming more commonplace, architects and designers are able to come up with inventive ways of preserving history while also making sure that these structures serve both as cultural landmarks and meeting venues for decades to come. To ensure your press box is fully customizable and green-friendly, focus on making decisions that will impact each of its components. For example, you might choose storage units with green coatings or install solar panels into your roofing design—but if you’re going truly green by using sustainable materials throughout construction and detailing, it can be easier said than done.

Baseball Fields
While it might seem like a simple structure, there are many considerations that need to be made when building a baseball field press box. It needs to have easy access and room for equipment and utilities (like electricity), but also make sure that it is safe and secure so that those who are working in it can do their jobs without worrying about safety issues. It’s necessary for a press box at a baseball field to be carefully planned out and constructed with Green Construction principles in mind. This will ensure that it’s accessible, functional, sturdy, and environmentally friendly. It will also ensure those working in it can do their jobs effectively and efficiently—helping them get through a game with minimal time lost due to weather or injury-related problems.

Soccer Arenas
Soccer stadiums are designed very differently from football stadiums. Soccer is played on a different surface, one that is a lot less forgiving when it comes to footing. The difference between soccer and football also requires that spectators sit much closer than they do in most American football stadiums. This type of seating puts added stress on press boxes in soccer arenas, but there are still some basic guidelines you can follow when planning your own stadium or arena.

Rugby Arenas
With customization comes flexibility, and when it comes to stadiums, which house both athletic contests and non-athletic events, that’s a huge asset. Rugby arenas require press boxes that can move and change as needed. More permanent solutions like concrete structures would severely limit what could be done with an arena in different settings. Green construction allows for more creative design; many press boxes can be set up on rollers or can come apart completely to make way for other uses of space during non-event times. While less functional than their concrete counterparts, they are much more flexible in terms of what they can be used for and how they can change over time.

Basketball Courts
A standard basketball court is 28 feet wide and 50 feet long, so while constructing a press box won’t be difficult, it will need to be built specially. The shortest distance between two points on a basketball court is 22 feet; it’s important that your press box not interfere with player movement. To comply with regulations and keep your players safe, add an additional foot of space between every wall of your press box and any part of a basketball court. For example, if you want your press box to be 10 x 15 feet then make sure there are 17 feet between each side of your structure and any point on a basketball court.

Hockey Rinks
Because hockey rinks are wider than a football field and almost as long, it can be difficult to fit permanent press boxes above them. At many hockey arenas, press boxes are built into each end of the rink so that they can be easily moved depending on which teams are playing. The University of Michigan’s Big House accommodates two additional sections in its football stadium by retracting two sets of bleachers; after games these sections rise up through a series of hydraulics, enabling media personnel easy access to locker rooms and other areas below. It’s one way that many stadiums deal with their larger spaces.

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