Badminton, the fastest racquet sport in the world. In the last decade, badminton has also been the most played sport in India. This massive spur was due to the success of Indian players like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Kidambi Srikanth, etc. in the international circuit.
Badminton in India was always a leisure sport, usually, people got to see badminton courts in government or private clubhouses. Up until 2012, there were no badminton courts for public use in India. Saina’s success paved the way for many Indians to think that badminton can be a career option for themselves or their kids. The phenomenal success of Indian badminton players was translated into making badminton the most played sport in India, second only to cricket.
In the last 10 years, India has become the hub for badminton, as a sport, and as a business. India has the highest private badminton courts in the entire world. Badminton has become a big business opportunity for many individuals. It is a sport that people from 6-to-60 can access easily, along with the fitness angle, this is the go-to game for the masses.
In the major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi, you get to see at least one badminton academy in your neighborhood. On one hand, this is good for the development of the sport as parents enroll their kids into coaching classes, but on the other hand, it is also hampering the business, as people with no prior experience or knowledge look to this sector for pure money-making. They don’t follow the basics of badminton court construction and installation.
Badminton court construction
Dimensions for a badminton court are 880 sq. ft, which is 20ft wide X 44ft, baseline-to-baseline, and sideline-to-sideline. A badminton court mat measures approximately 1200 sq ft, end-to-end. When constructing a court, you need to put min 2layered wooden flooring with rubber support between each layer (for better cushioning) on top of a concrete floor and then finish it with a BWF certified standard 5-mm synthetic badminton court mat. The exact measurements of the court are given in the above picture for better understanding.
The ceiling height of a badminton center is of utmost importance as it allows to maintain the right room temperature. As you know, shuttlecocks are made with goose feathers and natural cork, the speed of the feather shuttlecock depends on the temperature inside the facility. If the temperature inside the facility is higher than required, the shuttle travels fast, and if it's lower than advised, players need to hit the shuttle a lot harder to push it to the backend of the court. The optimum height of the ceiling should be 8-9 meters.
A lot of people to manage finances compromise on the construction like reducing the height of the ceiling, laying one layer of wood, and going for 4-mm semi-synthetic court mats. In some of the cases, they will even neglect wooden flooring. Due to this negligence, players get injured faster and compromise on not playing the sport altogether.