A MUGA (or Multi Use Games Area) is a specially designed area for use with a variety of different sports. For example, tennis, netball, basketball, five-a-side football. Depending on the sports to be played, the surface and surrounding fencing will differ. For example on a tennis court, a netball court, or a basketball sports pitch, a chain link fence would be suitable. If five-a-side football/hockey were to be played then a synthetic surface would be advisable, along with more robust perimeter fencing, such as a sports rebound panel system.
There are a number of stages in the construction of a MUGA pitch prior to the installation of the synthetic grass surface.
The depth of the stone and the drainage required is dependent upon the site conditions and it is recommended that an independent site investigation is carried out prior to the commencement of any works. The depth of stone that is recommended in accordance with SAPCA (the Sport & Play Contractors Association) is usually a minimum of 250mm.
Pitches are usually constructed on a stone (dynamic) or macadam (engineered) base.
If an engineered base is chosen in the construction of a synthetic pitch, a macadam base will be laid over the base stone. A macadam base can consist of either one or two layers of macadam depending upon the budget available. A second layer of macadam will create a more structurally sound base, prior to the carpet going down. If the finished surface selected is open-textured macadam, then a 2 layer system would be advisable.