3 essential things to know to install a padel pitch

1) What are the first bureaucratic steps for those who want to install a padel pitch?

A) First you need to locate the location (a plot or shed).
B) Then it is appropriate to contact the technical department responsible and request the necessary permits.
C) To do this it is advisable to appoint a local technician who can evaluate the feasibility of the intervention and follow the project. Among his tasks will be the preparation of the necessary documentation for the installation of a metal structure above ground.

2) On what land can a padel courts be built?

The most suitable terrain is the one for commercial/sports use on which the realization of the concrete screed is always mandatory. In each municipality, the feasibility must always be verified and the architectural, urban and structural constraints must be verified. In the event that the land does not have the commercial/sports destination, the Municipality must be asked to change its intended use. Documentation required for the installation of a metal structure above ground.

3) Does Italian Padel carry out on-site inspections?

Of course: we have local contacts in Italy and abroad, but it is essential that the customer has a reference technician with whom our contacts can interface in order to make all the necessary assessments to avoid unnecessary inspections. Without a preliminary feasibility study it would in fact be useless to carry out on-site inspections because the fundamental prerequisite for the effective realization of the courts would be lacking.

Quali sono i primi passi dal punto di vista burocratico per chi vuole installare un campo da padel?

prima è necessario individuare la location (un terreno o un capannone). poi è opportuno rivolgersi all’ufficio tecnico di competenza e richiedere le autorizzazioni necessarie. Per farlo è consigliabile nominare un tecnico locale che possa valutare la fattibilità dell’intervento e seguire il progetto. Tra i suoi compiti ci sarà la predisposizione della documentazione necessaria per l’installazione di una struttura metallica fuori terra.

Su quali terreni si può costruire un campo da padel?

Il terreno più idoneo è quello ad uso commerciale/sportivo sul quale è sempre comunque obbligatoria la realizzazione del massetto in calcestruzzo. In ogni Comune va sempre verificata la fattibilità e vanno verificati i vincoli architettonici, urbanistici e strutturali. Nel caso in cui il terreno non abbia la destinazione commerciale/sportiva si deve chiedere al Comune il cambio di destinazione d’uso.

Italian Padel effettua sopralluoghi in loco?

Certamente: abbiamo dei referenti territoriali in Italia e all’estero, ma è indispensabile che il Cliente abbia un tecnico di riferimento con il quale i nostri referenti si possano interfacciare per poter fare tutte le valutazioni necessarie ad evitare sopralluoghi superflui. Senza uno studio di fattibilità preliminare sarebbe infatti inutile eseguire sopralluoghi – perché mancherebbe il presupposto fondamentale per la effettiva realizzazione del campo.


Padel is a sport that in Italy in the last three years has had an exponential growth: the number of “official” courtss has gone from a few tens to over 600, while the number of players has increased from about 100 to over 5,000, while practitioners and amateurs who every week book a courts – more difficult to monitor – exceed tens of thousands (certainly over 15,000 estimated in summer 2017 – source federtennis.it).

This is because fun is guaranteed: padel is the new emerging sport, increasingly in demand – especially in big cities, such as Rome and Milan.

“The race to find a free courts has no precedent of this level: not even when the activity of football debuted at 5 there was a bang like that. Consider that in the capital there are over 150 courts – we are at record levels: in Italy are inaugurated about four facilities a day, and it is impossible today to make predictions of where the padel can get. In the spring of 2014 it was an almost unknown sport”. Now there is a line to learn to play and then have fun with friends.

Thanks also to the popularity given by the initial push that the many fans belonging to the “vip world” – including Novak Djokovic, Francesco Totti, Roberto Mancini, Paolo Bonolis and Diego Armando Maradona – (and their follow-up on social networks) have given to this sport, playing and giving spectacle publicly on the courtss of Rome and other European capitals.

Mancini, on the other hand, had been one of the first to try this sport that nobody knew.

In Bologna, at the club near the airport, they were almost padel maniacs. While I was playing tennis, other members locked themselves in that transparent cage and had fun. I started slowly, too, and today I couldn’t do without it» Mancini said.

While on the rapid spread of this sport in Italy the president of CONI Giovanni Malagò said: I seem to relive the path of soccer, born in Rome and then exploded throughout Italy. There are sports that are about to enter the Olympic disciplines, such as surfing, so I am sure that padel will also have its moment of glory».

Padel is a sport that is involving in national and international a percentage of female audience more and more than tennis and therefore manages to ensure a greater balance in the courts between men and women.

  1. A padel court requires about 1/3 of the space (200 sq m) compared to a tennis court (648 sq m).
  2. It’s a very lucrative investment – in fact, it’s the sport that has had the highest growth rates for membership and players in the last 5 years.
  3. A padel court has a relatively low cost and a duration, obviously linked to the quality of the materials, medium long (about 20 years).
  4. In each match there are 4 players, 2 on one side and two on the other and the match lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  5. The average cost per game is € 12 per player, excluding balls and rackets, for a total of € 48 per game (90 minutes). Calculating that the clubs organize 2 matches every 24h on weekdays and 5 matches every 24h on public holidays, it comes to an estimated 3840 € per month, which a year ago more than 45 thousand euros for each courts installed.
  6. To these gains should also be added the income derived from the shop inside the club, which can provide clothing, balls and rackets. On average, the balls have to be changed every 3 games and a not occasional player changes the racket every 4 months.

Padel is not only an opportunity for sports clubs, but can also be an opportunity for those who offer recreational services to their customers, such as hotels, resorts and cruise ships.

In recent years with the spread of the internet these businesses have had a huge difficulty in finding new customers, since it has come to a point where buyers are faced with many receptive realities, with increasingly competitive and similar prices. At this point a trump card can be to differentiate themselves in the services offered, offering first something that others do not yet offer.

A padel court could therefore improve the appeal of its offer, compared to that of competitors, with a contained investment.

But the demand is constantly growing not only from the commercial activities: There are also many private individuals and companies that require the installation of a padel court in their own spaces – to train every day or to expand the recreational area of their employees.


The main measures of a padel court are:

  • Length: 20 meters.

  • Width: 10 meters.

  • The free space of the playing surface must be 7 metres.

  • Padel’s courts can be placed both outdoors (outdoor) and indoors (indoor courts).

Quality courtss are formed by:

  1. A background (also called audience) of the playing courts that must conform to the characteristics required by the design drawn up by an engineer. This work must not have imperfections such as depressions and/or ridges.
  2. Poles and nets in hot galvanized iron with anti-corrosion welds and an anti abrasion cover profile.
  3. 12 mm laminated glass.

Italian Padel offers two models of courtss ready for installation: Deluxe and Panoramic. Which differ in characteristics and prices.

DELUXE model structure: It is an elite model that provides for the coplanarity of the glass with the metal mesh.


  • 12 mm thick laminated and structural glass
  • Anti-abrasion profile
  • Perimeter support poles with reinforcement
  • Lighting poles angled towards the outside of the courts

Optional: the 4 poles in the corners are customizable with customer logo and with possibility of backlight.

DELUXE is the courts chosen by sports centers, beach resorts and accommodation facilities. It combines a price in line with other proposals on the market, but with fine finishes and better professional playability thanks to coplanar glasses.

PANORAMIC model structure: It is an elite model that because it lacks rear poles ensures greater visibility, creating the effect of a cinema maxi-screen.


  • 12 mm thick laminated and structural glass
  • Transparent glass stoppers
  • Anti-abrasion profile
  • Ground glass fixing
  • Lighting poles angled towards the outside of the courts
  • Perimeter support poles with reinforcement

Optional: the 4 poles in the corners are customizable with customer logo and with possibility of backlight.

The PANORAMIC model is the courts provided by Italian Padel in which they played some of the best players of the World Padel Tour in Rome, in conjunction with the international tennis 2016.

The padel champions recognized it as one of the best courts in the world in which we played and it was appreciated for its quality and playability. Two sides of this model are totally made of glass (not interrupted by the metal structure); this allows viewers an optimal visibility of the game, free from any obstacle.
It looks like a design courts with a modern and attractive metal structure.


Self-supporting and self-levelling, it allows you to install a Padel Courts in areas or circles without concrete flooring – for example near beaches or inside unused soccer courtss, or in environments with architectural or environmental constraints.

Building a padel courts: permissions and permissions

Given that any good builder is able to provide due assistance also with regard to the bureaucratic aspect, it is necessary to consider the following:

To build a padel court it is important to be aware that the works for its construction fall within the national technical standards for construction, therefore it is necessary to consult the technical office of the municipality to verify the need to submit a proper building procedure such as:

DIA, SCIA, CIL OR CILA with assignment to competent and qualified technicians, who must also carry out an expert assessment of the nature of the soil, the presence of wind etc.

It is essential, to exclude civil or criminal liability of managers and owners, to follow the correct bureaucratic process of implementation, identifying companies able to guarantee products compliant with building and structural regulations with an adequate guarantee of durability, assumed at least in 15/20 years.


So we come to the crucial part of this article: how much does it cost to build a padel court?

The installation of an outdoor padel courts starting from an undeveloped land includes permits and checks (concessions and permits – such as geological report, seismic report, municipal permits such as CIL / CILA / SCIA / DIA), and possible superintendence and civil engineering. The installation of a courts includes:

– the correct bureaucratic process (eliminating the risk of future penalties);

– the involvement of the various professionals who ensure the proper execution of the work,

– the use of NTC 2018 certified materials with a wind force resistance of more than 100 Km per hour (which makes it possible to provide a 10-year guarantee on the structural part).

All this brings the total expenditure for the construction of the camp, starting from an undeveloped land, indicatively to 30,000 – 35,000 euros. Italian Padel is able to support its customers all the way (including the bureaucratic one) from the planning to the opening of the center, and also reports that the proposed installation of courtss at much lower costs are the likely signal that something will not be executed to perfection and according to current regulations. Want to know more? Read Here and you will find more information about the process necessary to build a new courts, the current regulations and the peculiarities that distinguish Italian Padel.