By William A. Browne Jr., Joseph Briggs and Bryan Strube
CHAMPAIGN, IL—Many of today’s campus-based indoor practice facilities house a number of sports under one roof. While revenue-generating football and basketball programs maintain the highest profiles at colleges and universities, other sports such as golf, softball, soccer, tennis, baseball, lacrosse, and even intramurals and marching band activities are receiving increasingly equitable treatment within shared facilities. Some are even being handed keys to facilities of their own.
Designed to be nearly around-the-clock hubs of sports activities, practice facilities present designers and athletics administrators with a number of logistical challenges. They should provide highly flexible spaces that can accommodate several sports at the same time, while enhancing player safety and creating the “feel” of outdoor play in a setting as close to game-like as possible.
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