Football season is — gulp — drawing to a close. While fans switch their attention to March Madness hopes, many athletics facility and equipment managers will embrace the downtime to rethink gear, jerseys, and helmet storage. Keep these sports equipment storage examples in mind to get better organized in the off-season.
Football storage lockers have their own specific requirements. There’s a need for wide span shelving, bin dividers, boxes and totes, hanging rods, and locking drawers all in the same space. Without this variety of components, its more challenging for equipment managers and their staff to hold the shoulder pads, display jerseys, keep helmets clean and drying while also tracking all the little moving pieces such as chin straps and mouth guards.
A revamp of the Carolina Panthers’ equipment room is a favorite design of our Manager of Project Planning – Mike Hisman. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based team took advantage of the off season a few years ago to renovate its Bank of America Stadium equipment room. They added High Density Mobile Storage Systems, Static Shelving and Modular Drawer Cabinets to store everything from helmets, uniforms and shoes to hats, sweat suits and shoulder pads. “We probably increased our space by 100 percent,” said equipment manager Jackie Miles.
Athletic Storage on Campus
With a donor providing funds for an equipment storage update at Florida State University, for example, Patterson Pope was able to provide high-density shelving systems with individual player cubbies inside and 35% more storage. Adding hip-high work tables with shallow drawers also created a repair workspace. But, it’s the immediate impact of the FSU Seminoles logo and action graphic design applied to the storage design that adds drama.
“My goal was to create a space that had a little bit of a ‘wow’ factor,” said equipment manager Darin Kerns. “Recruits are coming through here, and I want them to see – and feel – that this is an exciting place to be. I want them to feel like they can’t wait to join us.”
The Demon Deacons of Wake Forest keep equipment for 12 different sports in the same room using six moveable — and lockable — high-density manual assist mobile shelving units. In fact, the storage solution takes up only 20% of the 5,000 square-foot space.
“That leaves me a ton of open floor space. I have room for shipping and receiving, and even office space,” said Assistant Athletic Director and longtime Equipment Manager Roxann Moody. “Now, everyone’s got room for their own stuff. It’s spacious and it’s comfortable. They’re going to spend a lot of their time with athletics, so it only makes sense that they’re comfortable here.”
High School Highlights
The right athletic storage can also make the highlight reel at the high school and community sports level. For Nashville’s Brentwood High School, Patterson Pope customized static shelving, cantilever shelving and oblique shoulder pad storage to optimize the nearly 200 square feet available for equipment storage.
“The students think it looks more like a college setup,” said Brentwood’s equipment manager Gabriel Evans. “They take pride knowing that their stuff looks great, is super organized and clean. I like them feeling that they’re being taken care of and that we’re doing things the right way.”
At Kennesaw Mountain High School in Cobb County, Georgia, the equipment room meets the needs of five separate football teams. We knew that taking care of the equipment was something we had to do better,” said Devan Seabaugh, the president of the football boosters’ club.
The school selected a Spacesaver High-Density Mobile Storage System and adjustable shelving to create a designated spot for every single piece of equipment. “Now, we not only know exactly where everything is but it’s a lot easier to get to, and that’s a big deal,” said Varsity Head Football Coach Andy Scott.
Although this article has focused on American football examples, Patterson Pope has deep experience strategizing athletic equipment storage solutions for all kinds of sports. Find out more about the efficiency, easy retrieval and space savings the right customization can offer your team.