Once a design team understands all the ways in which a space will be utilized they can begin to design for those different functions. Will the space be used strictly for competitions? Does it need to work for both physical education classes and competitions? Which sports? Does it need to be used for concerts or plays? Is there a requirement for more than one area to accommodate multiple games / meets that may be held at the same time?
Sports guidelines will dictate the depth of the perimeter for competition courts but it's vital to factor in space for team seating, judges and scorer’s tables, and spectator passage. Since most gymnasiums will also support the local community with non-sporting events, a flexible seating plan will allow the space to quickly transition for different types of events. Additional items to consider include wheelchair spaces, video platforms and differentiated seating areas that can be designated for parents, boosters or faculty.
The flexible nature of telescopic seating systems can help accommodate the variety of functions today's gymnasiums hold. Below we will illustrate and explain some of the options available for retractable seating.