After the long-awaited win by the Chicago Cubs recently, local sports leagues might be inspired to spruce up their athletic fields for the upcoming season. Fences play an important role in the design of an athletic field, whether it be baseball, tennis, or football.

Athletic field fences must separate fans from players, so that spectators aren’t easily accidentally involved in the game via a fly ball or mis-kicked soccer ball. The fence can’t obstruct fan’s view of the field, however. For these reasons, chain link fences are the favorite fence for athletic fields. Ideal fence heigh varies, however, depending on sport.

Baseball and softball fields are typically enclosed in a 4-6 foot chain link fence. Backstops, especially tall sections of fence, are erected behind home plate to protect spectators from fast-moving balls and thrown bats. Backstops are 25-30 feet tall and may have a top overhang that extends into the field for extra protection. Outfield fences are typically 6-feet tall with rubber tubing along the top.

Tennis courts need a taller surrounding fence, as it’s easy for a tennis ball to travel high and far. A 10 foot surrounding fence with wind screen is most typical for a tennis court. Spectator bleachers may be placed inside or outside of the court.

School football and track areas are often surrounded by 4 foot chain link fences to keep animals from wandering onto the field and discourage people from entering without a ticket. Different gates should be planned to allow for spectators, coaches and players, and lawn maintenance equipment.

Chain link fences can be coated in vinyl for additional longevity and visual appeal. Vinyl coating comes in a variety of colors including black, green, brown, white, and tan. For more information about chain link fences and to get started on your new fence project, contact Fence Central in Central Florida.