FAQ's About School and Sporting Club Marquees
Are your school and sporting club marquees weatherproof?
Yes, all Altegra folding event marquees are covered by a UPF50+ Excellent, 100% Waterproof canopy that is thoroughly secured to its frame to remain sturdy in high winds (when correctly anchored to the ground). A full-length, 360° inner velcro strip is also standard on our marquee canopies for the easy addition of a range of walls to create an effective sun shade, block out the wind, and to keep your occupants dry.
How much does a school marquee cost?
The cost of a school marquee depends on its size, strength, and if custom branding is required. A marquee that has been certified safe for school use will range between $800 for a standard coloured canopy on a certified marquee and $4,000 for a fully customised large-span marquee that can shelter 50 or more event attendees.
What safety standard should I look for in a school marquee?
To be safe to use for schools and school events, a marquee needs to be engineered to achieve and hold section 238 compliance – Australia’s highest safety standard for marquees for public event use. It ensures that the pop up shelter will retain its integrity when faced with severe or sudden weather conditions, keeping its occupants sheltered and those attending the event safe.
Do I need to add weights to my sporting club marquee?
Yes, when setting up a sporting club marquee, it is a mandatory safety requirement to anchor each leg to the ground. Marquee weights are the best solution to adequately anchoring your marquee on hard ground when correct marquee pegging cannot be achieved.
We rely on and provide recommendations using the HRIA Marquee Weighting guide to ensure a safely weighted event marquee. The amount of weight per marquee leg is dependent upon the marquee size and your addition of walls, which reduce the impact of the wind on your pop up event shelter.
What size marquee do I need for my school or sporting club?
The school or sporting club marquee size that best fits your needs depends on your occupancy and portability requirements. While a single, large-span marquee might suit your occupancy or sheltered area needs, its increased size makes it more difficult to set up and transport. Therefore, while a smaller marquee may only shelter 50% of your intended guests, it is also significantly more portable and easier to set up than a larger size. Erecting two small marquees and securing them together with connecting brackets and a gutter will provide the same protection area and will be far easier to set up.
We’ve provided a brief overview of approximate school marquee size relating to people standing under the sheltered space:
|Marquee Size||Marquee Coverage Area||Approx. Number of People|
|(Metres / Feet)||(m2 / ft2)||(Standing)|
|2.4m x 2.4m (8ft x 8ft)||5.76m2 (64ft2)||10 people|
|3m x 3m (10ft x 10ft)||9m2 (100ft2)||15 people|
|3m x 4.5m (10ft x 15ft)||13.5m2 (150ft2)||20 people|
|3m x 6m (10ft x 20ft)||18m2 (200ft2)||30 people|
|4m x 4m (13ft x 13ft)||16m2 (169ft2)||25 people|
|4m x 8m (13ft x 26ft)||36m2 (338ft2)||50 people|
If you’re still unsure of the size you need, take a look at the visualizing the size in feet document which, although it’s imperial, offers a reasonable insight into sizing using the above chart.