An indoor basketball court can add tremendous opportunity and spirit to community centers, sports clubs, schools and corporations. The creation of this type of facility, however, requires a suitable building that matches the specifications laid down by various basketball associations.
We took a look at the dimensions for this type of building and evaluated whether it was beneficial to use steel construction materials for its erection. Here are our findings:
Reason #1: Rapid Construction
Creating an indoor basketball court requires a building with very specific dimensions. According to the National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association, a full-size court should be 94 feet long and 50 feet wide. In addition:
- The free-throw line should be located 15 feet from the backboard, and
- The area from the free-throw line to the end line of the court (called the “key”) is 16 feet wide.
This makes for a fairly large structure, which if built using regular building materials would cost significantly more and take a much longer period. Steel construction materials are very practical for this type of application, for reasons of cost, environmental sustainability and speed of erection.
Reason #2: Practical Roofing
When it comes to adding the roof on a steel indoor basketball court, an Energy Star-compliant paneling system made out of steel is the most practical. Steel roof panels are strong and durable and can stand up to the elements better and longer than most traditional roofing materials. A steel indoor basketball court with appropriately coated and painted steel roofing reflects solar energy and re-emits most of the heat absorbed, reducing heating and cooling costs by up to 40%, keeping the building environmentally friendly while saving money.
The height of the roof is vitally important, although heights differ based on the rules of the individual organizations. For colleges and high schools, the National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association, a minimum height of 22.9 (7m) feet is required. Achieving this height is made simpler by the use of the prefabricated steel buildings, which result in less time on the job site, fewer laborers to erect them and reduced consumption of energy from the use of construction equipment.
Reason #3: Reduced Maintenance
Maintenance of a steel indoor basketball court is minimal, in spite of the fact that public sports facilities must meet building codes such as fire safety. Steel buildings are less flammable, and additional fire-proofing is simple and relatively inexpensive compared with traditional buildings. General maintenance is also reduced as a result of the longevity of the steel and the minimal deterioration it suffers from exposure to the elements. This also helps to reduce labor and material costs associated with repairs.
Using steel construction materials for an indoor basketball court will result in a sturdy, practical building that you can erect in less time and at a lower cost than if you use traditional building materials. The court will be environmentally friendly and require little in the way of maintenance, so you save time and money all around.