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Key information on developing a MUGA in Ireland

This blog contains everything you need to know about a MUGA but were too afraid to ask! If your question isn’t covered here then get in touch and our team will be glad to help.

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What is a MUGA?

A MUGA is a “Multi Use Games Area”, and it is essentially a flat area that has been marked out for multiple sports or games.


What sports can be played in a MUGA?

A MUGA would typically accommodate soccer, basketball, and tennis,  and potentially other sports and games too. Depending on the size of the area hockey may also be an option.


How big should a MUGA be?

The size of the MUGA depends mainly on three things: 1. The space you have available; 2. The games you wish to accommodate; and 3. Your budget. It can be as small as 12m in width and 25m in length, and anything up to 20m in width and 40m in length.

Different sports have their own official specifications in terms of court sizes, but these only need to be strictly adhered to if you plan on having your area certified for official use by those sporting bodies. So unless you plan on hosting NBA games in your local park, you won’t need to worry too much about meeting official specs. So long as your MYGA is suitable for casual use then that’s all you need.


What sort of fencing does a MUGA require?

Similar to the above, it depends on your requirements and budget. You can go with no fencing at all if that suits your needs. Or you can have “spectator” fencing, which is 1.2m high with a rail for spectators to lean on. 1.8m, 2.4m, and 3m are all common fence sizes.

Sometimes a netted ceiling may be required over the MUGA. In this case you would usually make your side fencing higher to give you maximum head height inside the playing area.


What surface should be used on a MUGA?

Tarmacadam and AstroTurf are the two most common choices for a finishing surface on a MUGA. Both are hardwearing with good impact absorption properties. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and OUTFIT can help suggest the best option for you based on your requirements and budget.


Can I put a MUGA anywhere?

So long as you have permission, then a MUGA can go pretty much anywhere! Excavation work may be required to level the area, then a subsurface is installed – typically 804 or chippings, followed by the top surface – AstroTurf or tarmacadam.


How long does it take to install a MUGA?

There are a lot of factors at play here, but there are about two to three weeks of work to complete all of the steps involved. Sometimes this work needs to take place over a longer period due to weather or other factors, but usually once work is approved to proceed, your MUGA can be open to the public between 4 and 8 weeks later!



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Get in touch with us today to discuss your MUGA project and any questions we have not answered here!