For many years, chain-link sports fencing served as the accepted standard at parks and stadiums. Made from galvanized steel, these fences keep spectators off the field and define the area of play. Smack a ball over the fence, and you could celebrate a home run. Put a fence around a soccer field, and you could keep the ball from popping into the parking lot or street.
But while chain-link fencing once appeared to have many practical uses, people have begun to realize that it's not the ideal material to use in parks and places where young people play sports. Chain-link fencing has many downsides that may not be immediately apparent.
Luckily, there are alternatives to this fencing. Smart recreation departments and schools are rethinking their use of chain-link fencing and instead considering options such as our SPECTO® outdoor fencing, which allows you to maximize playable surface areas. Learn more about chain-link fencing alternatives and what would work best for your property.
Cons of Chain-Link Fencing
You can find many disadvantages of chain-link fencing. This material is:
Unforgiving: When a baseball or softball player makes a running catch in the outfield and slams into a chain-link fence, they run the risk of getting injured. Chain-link fences have little give, and the links on top and bottom include sharp edges where players can cut themselves.
Unattractive: Chain-link fences look old and clunky. They don't enhance the appearance of a park or tennis court.
Unmovable: You can't move a chain-link fence from one location to another, which means you can't reconfigure the space to make another field. There aren't any additional options with a chain-link fence. A baseball field can't change dimensions to become a softball field.
Inflexible: Chain-link fences have no customizable elements that allow them to change depending on the sport being played and also the look you want for your sports fields.
Unsafe: If you don't treat chain-link fences regularly, they can rust and become eyesores, in addition to safety hazards. Your park will look old and run down with a rusty chain-link fence.
Alternatives to Chain-Link Fencing for Sports
The good news is that you don't have to stick with chain-link fencing for your sports fields. You can find high-quality alternatives that will protect players on the field and give you greater flexibility. Your fields will also look more attractive with fencing that appears modern and sleek. You can find two main options.
Vinyl-Coated Chain-Link Fences
Vinyl-coated chain-link fences have a vinyl coating applied over the traditional chain-link material. They are less likely to rust. Plus, vinyl-coated chain-link is twice of the cost of regular fencing, and provides no extra protection for players.
Vinyl-Coated Mesh Fencing
Vinyl-coated mesh fencing, such as our SPECTO® fencing system, has many advantages. You can install it quickly and disassemble it just as fast at the end of the season, allowing you to store the fence away and keep it safe from the elements during the offseason.
Our fences are transparent, improving the view for spectators. It can be difficult to see through a traditional chain-link fence, but you can add an unobstructed view through welded wire fencing. You'll also gain new flexibility with your facilities, allowing you to rearrange your fields however you prefer. The portability of our fencing also makes it more convenient than chain link.
Grand Slam Sports Fencing vs. Chain-Link Fencing
Grand Slam Safety sports fencing is recognized as the safest sports fencing on the market. SPECTO® gently cradles players when they crash into the fencing, so they can go hard without fear of getting hurt.
In addition to its safety features, our sports fencing also has other advantages. You can:
Remove it from one field and put it on another, allowing for multi-use fields. On the other hand, chain-link fences never move.
Customize it to your needs for each sport or field. Chain-link fences can't adjust or give your fields any flexibility.
Use it over and over and over again with no discernable impact because it's so durable. Chain-link fences can break and rust due to their exposure to the elements.
Compared to chain-link fencing, our fencing allows you to save space because you can pack it away. The fencing folds up easily and won't take up valuable real estate in the winter, when sports equipment should be put away.
Get in Touch With Grand Slam Safety to Buy Fencing
Make this the year you explore options to replace your aging, unattractive chain-link fencing. Grand Slam Safety has outdoor fencing available that is perfect for baseball and softball fields, backstops, outdoor batting cages and more. Explore our options and improve the look of your park with Grand Slam Safety outdoor fencing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us to learn more!