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USSSA Space Coast Complex
Melbourne, FL, USA

Project Details

Melbourne, FL, USA

Superior Shade worked with our SRP Certified Partner, Southern Recreation, to provide custom bleacher shade throughout the United States Specialty Sports Association’s (USSSA) new national headquarters, the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla.

Contractor Wharton-Smith broke ground in April 2017 and completed renovations in January 2018. Over 28,000 square feet of shade was used in this renovation. The USSSA wanted to incorporate shade so that spectators can stay cool and comfortable while enjoying a game.

The shade solutions include 18 T-Cantilevers that shade bleachers at each baseball and softball field as well as a custom stadium shade that protects the grandstands at the championship field.

“The Pride Field is the showcase for the venue. It provides an easily identifiable landmark for the fans,” Ray Bowen, Senior Project Manager for Wharton-Smith said.

The client chose the cantilever design for its ability to provide unobstructed views.

“The cantilevered construction, which eliminates columns on the field side was the key component. [The] USSSA wanted to provide an uninhibited view of the field,” Bowen said.

Wharton-Smith chose to work with Southern Recreation because of their ability to provide turnkey services and high-quality shade. Southern Recreation was able to successfully work in conjunction with different vendors and within a large job site.

“In my opinion, SRP went above and beyond in their support of this project from design to engineering and fabrication,” Terry Rogers, President of Southern Recreation said.

The shades create an exciting and comfortable sporting environment fans and athletes can enjoy.

“Wharton-Smith is very pleased with the partnering experience and support provided by Southern Recreation and Superior Shade,” Bowen said.

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