Problem Solver - August 2014
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Provide Sun Protection at Sports Fields

Exposure to the sun's UV rays is the leading cause of skin cancer and other disorders. Because of this, providing shade protection at sports fields is a smart strategy for keeping spectators and players alike safe from the sun, as well as from fly balls.

Q: We've just built a new sports complex with several ballfields. Where should we provide shade?

A: It's important to protect spectators and players alike from the sun's dangerous UV rays. In addition to providing sun protection, shade canopies also make visitors and players more comfortable, helping them keep cool.

You'll want to provide shade protection in the dugout area to keep players safe and comfortable. In addition, consider adding shade canopies above spectator seating. Be sure to look for designs without post obstructions in the viewing area.

Q: We have shaded dugouts, and would like to add shade canopies to the bleachers behind our backstop. Can we do this with one continuous shade structure?

A: You can provide a beautiful, continuous shade structure behind the backdrop if you work with an innovative shade manufacturer that has the engineering expertise to design angled connections to create a continuous shade structure. With this type of shade structure in place, you'll not only increase the safety of spectators watching the game, but also will provide an aesthetically pleasing element, giving your sports field a more polished and professional look.

Q: What else should we consider?

A: Look for a durable, functional canopy. Some shade fabrics can screen out up to 99 percent of UV rays. As an added bonus, this type of fabric can lower ambient temperatures beneath the canopy by as much as 15 to 20 degrees.

Be sure to look for a shade structure with a canopy that is easy to remove and reattach. This will ensure your staff can quickly take the shade down when bad weather threatens, and will simplify the process when the shade covers need to be cleaned.


Shade Systems Inc.

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