Five Reasons the Athletic Industry Loves our Buildings

Bourbon Street, New OrleansLast week I had the privilege of representing ClearSpan Fabric Structures at the 2012 Athletic Business Conference in New Orleans, LA. Since this was my first athletic industry show, as well as my first time in New Orleans, I didn’t know what to expect. Let’s just say, I was not disappointed with the show or the location! I fell head over heels for the city, with its bustling atmosphere, diverse culture and excellent food. I was lucky enough to have my mother and sister come with me.  Needless to say I was all business during the day, but was able to experience all that New Orleans had to offer at night. From walking down Bourbon Street and eating fried catfish to partaking in a piano bar sing-a-long, we managed to do it all.

Grass Roots Band performing and Jean PaulsI discovered that my love for New Orleans was equally matched by those in the athletic industry who utilize our Hercules Truss Arch Buildings. The conference was held at Ernest Morial Convention Center which is located in the warehousing and art district of New Orleans and only a couple blocks from the Hilton Garden Inn where I stayed. Exhibitor setup day was Wednesday, November 28, 2012 and unfortunately my freight did not arrive! Without panicking (okay, maybe panicking a little), I made some calls and found out it was put on the wrong truck, but would arrive before the start of the show on Thursday morning. Thursday came and luckily my freight ended up arriving in the nick of time. I was able to set up and prepare myself for one of my favorite things; talking with and meeting new people!View of the Mississippi River

I met many fabulous people while exhibiting at the conference. I had the chance to speak with a variety of people interested in using ClearSpan Fabric Structures as the solution to their athletic application. Some included dugout coverings, indoor tennis courts and even an indoor rock climbing facility. During our conversations, I soon realized that the athletic industry loves our buildings for five main reasons: versatility, spacious interiors, sustainable building features, low maintenance and quick construction timelines.

Total Athlete Multi-functional gymVersatility
Our buildings are available in both Round and Gable styles, with building sizes available from 20′ to 300′ wide, and in any length desired. Sports facilities are free to choose what works for them. We do offer stock sizes and models, but we’ll design the structure to accommodate an individual’s needs, including wind and snow loads. Our ClearSpan structures currently function for a variety of sports applications, such as ice hockey and skating rinks, driving range shelters and more, but if the needs of the building should change, it can always be used for a different purpose, like bulk storage or vehicle garages. Who doesn’t like to have options?

Spacious Interiors
Due to the unique engineering of our ClearSpan Fabric Structures, the entire inside space is usable. There are no interior columns or supports to interfere with activities or event viewing. Our structures offer superior height and clearance when compared to traditional metal or wood buildings. They are great for sports that require a large field of play and are quite popular for indoor soccer, basketball and football.Indoor military swimming pool

Sustainable Building Features
ClearSpan’s white fabric covers reduce the need for artificial lighting, which lowers energy consumption. With abundant daytime lighting that is bright and natural, our structures are ideal for sporting activities like swimming and indoor tennis, as well as multi-functional facilities. The cover’s translucent and reflective qualities also allow for further energy savings by providing indoor temperature stability. Our Hercules Truss Arch Buildings are usually 15° to 20° warmer in the winter and 15° to 20° cooler in the summer. I know I would kill for my gym to be 15° to 20° cooler.

Indoor tennis courtLow Maintenance
Our fabric covers are made from polyethylene or vinyl, and never need maintenance or cleaning with harsh chemicals. More time can be spent enjoying sports and activities and less time maintaining the facility. Dust, dirt and pollutants can be washed off with water or the rain can always clean the exterior of the building too.

Quick Construction Timelines
It seems like everyone always needs our buildings in a hurry. This isn’t a problem, as the typical lead time for a Hercules Truss Arch Building is 90 days. Once a person places their building order it takes about three months to design, engineer, manufacture and ship. Depending on the size, when a building arrives onsite it usually only takes 5 to 12 days to install, especially if the customer has chosen to use our construction crew.Athletic Business Conference

Overall, my trip to New Orleans was a success! I had the chance to meet some really nice people both on and off the field. Our buildings are the perfect solution to many athletic and recreational activities.

Is there an athletic or recreation application that I haven’t mentioned that you feel our buildings would be perfect for?


  1. I’ve checked into Clearspan structures before for a multi-sport court (volleyball and basketball) in Illinois. My major concern was the costs of heating in the winter and cooling in the summer? The price for the overall structure was great (much cheaper than a Morton-style building and Arizon air structure). However, operating costs seem to be quite a bit higher for a 6-8,000 square foot facility. Do you have any estimates on operating costs?

    1. TJ,
      That is a great question. Typically, our buildings run 15-20 degrees warmer in the winter and 15-20 degrees cooler in the summer, making them more affordable to heat or cool, because they requires less energy to achieve the optimal temperature. It does depend on what type of heating and cooling you plan on using. For example, infarred spot heaters and ceiling fans will consume less energy then a central air HVAC system. I recommend that you contact one of our trained Truss Arch specialists to get specific information on this matter. They will be able to work you out an itemized quote showing the building size and how much it would cost for each heating/cooling option. They can be contacted by emailing or by calling 866.643.1010. Thank you!

  2. I was glad to hear that you were in New Orleans. I was glad because I work with youth all over the nation and Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one of the cities we work in. I was looking for inexpensive ways to create more stable and frequent events in facilities that we control. When I cam across your website I got excited. However, I have a question: Do your buildings stand up to the severe weather that comes with living near the Gulf Coast. High winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lots of rain and heat? Please let me know if your buildings can withstand Louisiana weather?


  3. I have one last question. I was reading one of your success stories about the Total Athlete Indoor Training Center. These folks chose a 72′ wide by 220′ long ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building. When I looked at the images, it was very similar to what I was looking for. Without being too specific with what this group purchased, what is the ballpark price for a building similar to theirs? I know I can request a quote, but I am not that far along and would like something less formal at this point in my decision making if possible as I continue to look for options. So, hopefully you can give me a range.

    Thanks Again,

    1. Hi Terry,

      Thank you for your inquiries and interest in ClearSpan Fabric Structures. Our buildings can definitely withstand Louisiana weather. All of our structures are engineered to meet the specific site requirements such as wind and snow loads. We have buildings along the coast of Florida that withstant 140 mph winds. We actually just installed a building in New Orleans last month. In regards to your ball park pricing questions, unfortunately, I cannot answer that. Because there are so many factors that determine the price, such as the local codes, type of foundation, building size, etc…I’m not properly informed to provide you with an educated answer. I highly suggest that you email our truss specialists at, to get a ballpark figure. You don’t have to get a formal quote if you’re not ready, but they’ll be able to properly answer your question.


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