SPORTENG specialises in the planning, design and construction phase consulting services of Fields of Play across all sports in Australia. Our experienced team all contribute towards designing high-quality Fields of Play for all levels of use.


In today’s Australia, it’s rare to find a sporting facility designed to a single sport – unless it is for elite use. Whether it’s for a local government, a school or a private operator, most organisations are trying to find ways to have year-round use of their facilities to address the needs of their stakeholders.

Aerial view of a multi-use games areas with soccer field, athletics track and basketball field

There have been traditional uses of a multi-use Field of Play facility, such as:

  • AFL and cricket on a natural turf oval
  • Soccer and rugby on a natural turf pitch
  • Tennis and netball on a multi-lined hard court
  • Hockey and lacrosse on a short pile synthetic grass pitch.

This happens as the seasons of the two sports don’t overlap. But with the introduction of synthetic grass, growing popularity of some sports and the desire for more informal play spaces, there has been an increase in demand for most Fields of Play to be multi-use.

While traditional Fields of Play, such as ovals and pitches, are still used as a multi-use facility to increase usage, our team are exploring and implementing other design options to enable multi-use of facilities. Some of these options include:

  • ‘Winged’ ovals that combine an oval and two rectangular pitches
  • Multi-line marking of artificial surfaces, such as synthetic grass and acrylic surfaces
  • Synthetic grass cricket nets with retractable netting to provide open multi-use areas
  • Multi-use games areas (MUGAs) that combine multiple sports into a single area that’s often fully fenced.

While multi-use facilities are great concepts, using these spaces for traditional sports competition is difficult. This is because some sports overlap in the facility’s use throughout the year. The best multi-use Fields of Play facilities are often found in schools or informal MUGAs where competition use is not required.

Our Design Approach

SPORTENG lives and breathes Fields of Play. We take our love of the game from the grandstand right into our office. We’re proud to be Australia’s leading Field of Play design consultancy.

Aerial view of the LaTrobe University outdoor multi use game area

Our attention to detail is reflected in our mantra, ‘measure twice, cut once’.

We’re dedicated to achieving the best results for your venue and its athletes, whether it’s a local legend or the next international star.

When designing a multi-use Field of Play, it’s important to understand and identify the main sport and any supporting sports. The main sport will usually influence the type of surface the Field of Play requires, especially in the case of synthetic grass.

While natural turf can support the multi-use requirements for facility’s that want a natural turf surface, synthetic grass has less flexibility and is often designed for a singular sport. In saying that, synthetic grass can also be used if there are reduced performance requirements.

SPORTENG’s engineering team will work with you to determine the main driver for the multi-sport Field of Play. We will identify any limitations or constraints on the use as a multi-use facility and find opportunities for improvement and enhanced multi-use capabilities.

Sustainability Practices

Aerial view of a multi use game area with AFL oval, cricket enclosure and netball field of play
Aerial view of the LaTrobe University multi use game area

Here at SPORTENG, we take a sustainable approach to all our designs. Not happy with just the status quo, we always strive to investigate new designs and construction techniques that deliver positive environmental outcomes.

We believe sustainability is intertwined with sports greatness.

As part of this, we integrate your requirements, from budget to performance values, through to sustainability practices – this ensures we achieve a successful result.

We consider key design outcomes in our sustainability approach for natural turf Fields of Play. These outcomes include:

  • Designing an irrigation system that is as efficient as possible to minimise precipitation requirements.
  • Specifying a playing surface profile that supports healthy turf growth.
  • Nominating a durable and drought-tolerant turf species that addresses the end users’ performance requirements.
  • Consider the use of recycled materials in the growing medium.

When we design a synthetic grass Field of Play, we consider and address added environmental elements. These include:

  • End-of-life consideration allows us to specify cradle-to-cradle materials and products that have a circular upcycle process at the end of their design life rather than a linear ‘take-make-waste’ process.
  • Prioritising organic and infill-free systems allow us to specify the use of organic infills or systems that have no performance infill layer.
  • The risk of microplastic displacement from the synthetic grass system means we ensure the pitch is fully enclosed to prevent infill displacement from the surface.

Synthetic Grass Microplastics Management

Optimize your synthetic grass Field of Play.


Multi-Use Field of Play Profile Options


When selecting the appropriate natural turf profile for a pitch, there are several options you can consider. Our decisional flow chart can help you marry your hours of use requirements for the pitch with the appropriate playing surface profile.

FIFA have developed a detailed quality testing system for the use of synthetic grass systems for the development of pitches.



Rise of the Multi-use Games Areas (MUGA)

Aerial view of a multi use game area with AFL oval, cricket enclosure and netball field of play

The popularity of multi-use games areas (MUGAs) continues to rise. MUGAs provide a space for informal sports use and activate an area that has little land value. A MUGA can be open-ended, partially closed or fully fence. They can feature an artificial surface of either synthetic grass or acrylic.

The informal and multi-use natural of the facility can be a great opportunity to active a space. A MUGA can accommodate many sports sports, including:

  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Futsal
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • European handball
  • And many more other sports