Backstop Netting Systems: The factors that drive cost and a comparison of different sized systems.
The benefits of backstop netting systems are clear. Gone are the days of peering through chain link fences. As are the days of trying to squint past a series of in-the-way poles. Netting systems offer fans an unobstructed view of the baseball game while providing superior protection against errant foul balls.
A backstop netting system is fully customizable. That offers you unprecedented flexibility in design, but also can make creating a budget a little more difficult. There are many factors that drive the cost of your system, and anticipating your ballfield’s needs can get confusing. Whether you already have a budget in mind, or you are just beginning to research how much a backstop netting system costs, this post will walk you through the approximate amount you can expect to spend based on these key five factors:
- 1. The height of the net.
- 2. The number of poles and their individual and combined spans. Bigger systems need bigger poles.
- 3. The pole placement (inline with the backstop wall or offset behind the home plate seating area, and their placement in relation to the dugout).
- 4. Whether the poles are buried or mounted using a base plate.
- 5. The type of netting material used.
These are the primary factors that will drive your cost, but keep in mind there are many other factors that can impact your final costs including: project location, site access, soil conditions, topography, and installation logistics.
When planning for your backstop net system, be sure to ask your netting consultant or supplier a lot of questions so you’re fully informed. A supplier should be equipped to discuss all of these factors and your other questions. Your goal and theirs should be to avoid any surprise costs in the end.