How Much Does a Clear-Span Arena Cost?

Clear Span Arena

A clear-span steel building is one that maximizes usable floor space by eliminating the need for interior columns or supports, making them a top choice among those looking to build equestrian or other athletic arenas. The lack of interior supports means you have that much more room to ride, play tennis, practice gymnastics or what have you, while the roof overhead ensures that building users can practice their sport or hone their horseback-riding skills, regardless of temperature or climate conditions.

Clear-span equestrian and athletic arenas are highly customizable in terms of size, ceiling height, insulation and other specifications. The decisions you make in these areas have a direct impact on the final cost of your metal arena. Whether you fully or partially enclose your arena also has an effect on final expenses.

Estimating Costs

If you are looking for a ballpark estimate on the cost of a clear span arena, it helps to know the approximate size of the space you wish to build. Typically, the larger your clear-span arena is, the lower your costs per square foot.

Material Expenses

Let’s say you want to build a 100’x200’ metal arena, which gives you 20,000 square feet of space to use for riding or showing horses, working out or what have you. While costs fluctuate based on the market price of steel, among many other factors, you may find that you spend somewhere between $11.00 and $12.70 a square foot on materials for your arena. This range is appropriate for a relatively simple arena package, meaning one that does not have to comply with strict snow or wind loads.

Construction Expenses 

The cost of raising your steel arena also varies. However, many consumers find that they pay between $6 and $10 per square foot on the erection of their clear-span arenas. 

Total Expenses 

Once you combine the cost of materials and the cost of erecting your building, you are looking at paying somewhere between about $380,000 and $574,000 to construct and erect a basic 100’x200’ clear-span arena.

(*Due to unforeseen economic changes beyond our control; prices and availability are subject to change.)

Of course, these numbers are subject to change based on market fluctuations and the customizations you make to your building, among other variables, but this should give you a general sense of what to expect when constructing a clear-span arena close to this size.