Facility Planning: How to Buy Equipment for New ​Sports Facilities

Facility planning incorporates a wide range of things, including getting equipment.

New sports facilities are only as good as the services and equipment inside of them. So how do you get the products that you need in order to offer the services that consumers want? At Sports Facilities Advisory, we help numerous businesses achieve success at their openings by providing our clients the information they need to succeed. Take a look.

Buying New or Used

The biggest question we often receive when it comes to purchasing equipment for new sports facilities, is, “should I buy new or used?” There are pros and cons to both sides, but essentially, the decision will come down to personal preference, funding and your skills as a fixer upper. New equipment offers the satisfaction of sparkling machinery complete with warranties. This lets you know exactly how long a life each piece of equipment will have and how to maintain it. Of course, buying new is always more expensive than buying used because you are getting the latest model in the best condition. Buying used is a perfectly acceptable method of obtaining equipment for your sports complex. Some pieces could be in perfect or near perfect condition, and will come at a fraction of the cost of a brand new model. The downside to buying used products is that you may have to put in a little elbow grease to make sure everything is in working order, and the lifespan will be significantly shorter than a new machine.

Financing Equipment for Sports Facilities

If you are worried about the affordability of equipment for new sports facilities, you still have the option to finance. Going through a bank, or private financing firm, opens the door to buying new when you only have enough in the bank to buy used. Your success in obtaining these funds will depend on a number of factors, such as your credit score, the risk the bank is taking on by financing you, and the market at the time of application.

Types of Equipment to Consider

The types of equipment you buy for new sports facilities will depend on the types of activities being offered. If there is a gym/fitness aspect to your sports center, you will require weights, accessories such as yoga mats and Pilates balls, as well as the standard machinery used to obtain the highest fitness levels. Elliptical machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes are also popular choices. If you are going to offer soccer, basketball, floor hockey, badminton, squash, or batting practice, you will also require nets, bats, helmets, rackets, and other items which are used for these sports. If you have any questions about purchasing equipment for new sports facilities, contact us here at Sports Facilities Advisory. Our friendly staff is always willing to lend a hand and help you with the successful opening of your new sports facility.