A Gym Divider Curtain Update for Collège La Cité

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 30, 2020 6:00:00 AM

    La Cite Fold Up Curtain 2

    Located in the east end of Canada’s capital city, Collège La Cité (also know as La Cité), is a beautiful 60-acre campus serving eastern Ontario as the province’s largest French language college. Established in 1989, La Cité proudly offers over 90 programming options and serves over 5,000 students in the National Capital Region.

    The college is a consistent top-ranked Ontario college when it comes to student satisfaction, graduate employment rate, and overall quality of learning. The impressive results of the annual survey conducted by the province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities speak for themselves and we were fortunate to have been involved in a big project with the school this year.

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    Topics: Gym Divider Curtains

    How Bleacher Design Affects the Spectator Experience

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 28, 2020 1:45:00 AM


    Aluminum bleachers are available in multiple designs that offer both versatility and longevity. When you’re ready to invest in bleachers, naturally you want to select a style that suits your facility’s needs and provides the best possible sightlines for your audience.

    Here we will provide information on the advantages of elevated bleachers and how the design changes the game on the field for spectators.


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    Topics: Bleachers

    Design Options for Outdoor Basketball Courts

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 21, 2020 3:00:00 AM


    Basketball has been a longtime favourite game for people of all ages. From playing a casual game in the backyard to cheering on a high school or professional team in an arena, the game truly brings friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours together.

    While basketball has been played on a myriad of surfaces, athletic professionals recognize the importance of best court design to suit the facilities’ needs and that accommodate the players and audiences with those features that enhance everyone’s experience.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Outdoor Basketball Systems

    Bleacher Replacement at Duncan McLellan Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 16, 2020 9:15:00 AM


    For one of our recent projects, we  found ourselves in the picturesque city of Owen Sound, in Southwestern Ontario. Located on Georgian Bay, Owen Sound is a popular tourist destination for Ontario residents, particularly during the summer months.

    From a tourist perspective, Owen Sound is known for its access to water in many shapes and forms and for camping and beaching it along the shores of Georgian Bay. The area is also known for a number of spectacular waterfalls located just outside of the city that are perfect for day trips for visitors.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Accessibility

    What Re-Opening Could Look Like in the Athletic Industry

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 14, 2020 6:30:00 AM


    With COVID-19 still  a real concern across much of the world and particularly here in North America, many are asking what a potential re-opening, if any, for the athletic and sports industry could look like. While we certainly can’t pretend to have all of the answers, keeping a finger on the pulse of the industry is what we do. Here’s what we are learning about re-opening plans and what they could entail over the coming weeks and months.

    Bleachers and Seating

    As facilities begin to plan welcoming back participants and possible spectators, much has gone into the planning of seating. It’s obvious at this point that sitting elbow-to-elbow in a bank of bleachers will unlikely be an option for the foreseeable future. When it comes to smaller venues, we are seeing an uptick in small bleacher orders. Many operators are ordering additional seating that would allow seating for a similar number of spectators while maintaining physical distancing.

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    Topics: Industry, Arena Bleachers

    Introducing The New Sport Systems Website – A Fully Capable Ecommerce Digital Platform

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 9, 2020 9:41:26 AM


    If you have been following us for any amount of time or have been a customer of ours over the years, you know how large of a role innovation plays inside our organization. It was nearly ten years ago that as a company, we went all-in on digital, abandoning many of the traditional ways in which our industry operated.

    Costly ads in print, billboards, tv and radio still play a role in many marketing mixes out there today. For Sport Systems, we believe wholly in the development of a digital platform to not only reach new audiences but also to educate them on our industry, products and the people who design, manufacture and install them.

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    Topics: Company Announcements

    Wall Padding for the Diane Hamre Recreation Complex’s Pickleball Courts

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 30, 2020 10:42:35 AM


    One of our most recent projects brought us to the Durham region of Ontario, located about 80km east of Toronto. Nestled in the municipality of Clarington, we were involved in some much-needed upgrades at a local recreation complex.


    After experiencing significant growth over the past five years, the game of pickleball is now everywhere these days. While played outdoors the majority of the time, in Canada, the season is drastically reduced as the fall and winter months roll in. To extend the playing season, many facilities are beginning to expand facilities and programming to offer indoor pickleball courts and associated programming.

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    Topics: Wall Padding, Pickleball

    The Benefits of Covering Outdoor Bleachers

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 23, 2020 2:15:00 AM


    Since the early 1900s, fans have been crowding into bleachers to cheer on their favourite teams. These enthusiastic onlookers seldom allow inclement weather such as, rain, snow, or cold temperatures to stop them from showing their support.

    Nowadays, with so many creature comforts available to us, sports facilities are making great strides to improve their guests’ experience and comfort levels even more. With the vast majority of today’s bleachers being constructed with aluminum, bleacher covers can offer protection from seasonal elements and sun damage and can also provide added comfort for spectators. Whether you have aluminum or wooden bleachers, these protective covers can offer several advantages.

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    Topics: Bleachers

    A Safety Netting Barrier for Morgan Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 16, 2020 4:00:00 AM


    Located around 30km outside of downtown Toronto, one of our recent projects took us to the beautiful city of Markham, a part of the Greater Toronto Area. As the largest city in the York Region, Markham is home to close to 400,000 residents and is home to a number of scenic pathways and outdoor spaces.

    With a revitalization project in the works, our team was contacted to help ensure the safety of residents in the area at Morgan Park, one of the city’s most popular recreational spaces. As part of the revitalization, the city undertook a massive renovation to the park’s pool and surrounding area. In addition to the pool, the park is now home to a new children’s playground as well as sports fields such as baseball diamonds.

    During the design phase, it was immediately apparent that the new playground scheduled for construction was potentially in harm’s way from the big bats playing under the lights of the community baseball fields.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    Make the Most of Downtime by Improving Safety and Cleanliness

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 9, 2020 10:47:31 AM


    With the warm summer months upon us, kids out of school, and adults wanting to get in shape for swimsuit weather, it’s the time of year when gyms and athletic facilities are normally busting at the seams with activity. However, the “stay-at-home” orders and forced closings for non-essential businesses due to COVID-19, have disrupted routines for businesses and individuals alike.

    Of course, these empty facilities have impacted the industry but for many organizations, the downtime offers the perfect opportunity for catching up on equipment repairs, evaluating cleanliness protocols, and scheduling routine maintenance and inspections without inconveniencing clients. Additionally, it allows staff members to stay busy and continue earning an income, while enabling facilities to improve various aspects of their business.

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    Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance, Athletic Facility Safety

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