Sports Area Infographics

If you have ever wondered about how large a football pitch is or whether a badminton court is larger than a tennis court then these infographics are for you. There are three infographics, each providing a different comparison of the size of the play area for a selection of sports at the recreational or community level.

Infographic #1 below illustrates the area required to accommodate different sports, from a badminton court to a six lane athletics track. The size of the play area for each sport is shown as a half circle that increases in line with the amount of space required to accommodate larger playing fields.

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Sports Area #1 Sizes infographic

This infographic appeared in JONO Design e-news. The e-news is published once every couple of months and each issue contains a specially designed infographic.

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Infographic #2 compares the length and width of play areas, for sports ranging from cricket to table tennis. The size of the play area is to scale for each of the sports, allowing a comparison of the different sizes and shapes.

Infographic #3 uses a selection of sports to highlight how many pitches or courts can fit into a hectare. This infographic differs from the previous two as it includes the in-play area plus any in-goal, run-off or safety margins around the play area.

Sports Area #2 Dimensions infographic
Sports Area #3 Hectares infographic

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Recreation Grounds

Having sports facilities nearby is an important part of promoting healthier and more active lifestyles, with recreation grounds often offering opportunities for informal play that stimulates interest and participation. That’s how Scotland’s oldest football club, Queen’s Park, came into being 150 years ago in July 1867. The founders of the club started playing at their local recreation ground in Queen’s Park, just to the north west of Scotland’s national football ground at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The club played at the recreation ground for its first 6 years, before moving to its own dedicated pitch.

A Sporting Typeface

The typeface used in the headings of the infographics was first used to promote the Olympic Games in 1968, and has since become synonymous with sport. Lance Wyman designed the logo for the 19th Olympic Games held in Mexico City, using the lettering as the art work. The logo was inspired by Aztec and Mexican folk art and is made up of repeated parallel lines. The design was developed into a display typeface that provided the Games with an early example of event branding. The typeface was used across signage, tickets, clothing and advertising, which highlighted the power of good design to promote large international public events.

The success of Wyman’s design is underlined by the fact that it was clearly referenced in the logos for subsequent international sporting events held in Mexico. The 1970 FIFA World Cup enclosed the parallel lines, while the 1986 FIFA World Cup used two lines, instead of three as in the original. You can find more pictures of the original 1968 design here:

Mexico Olympics 1968 logo
Mexico World Cup 1970 logo
Mexico World Cup 1986 logo


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Sport England (2015). Comparative Sizes of Sports Pitches & Courts (Indoor).

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