Proposed features/leisure=sports hall

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Status: Proposed (under way)
Proposed by: Hufkratzer
Tagging: leisure=sports_hall
Applies to: node area
Definition: A building that is used as a sports hall
Rendered as: building
Drafted on: 2018-03-12
RFC start: 2018-04-13


This proposal is based on the tagging list discussion titled "How to tag sports halls?" in February 2018 which led to the discovery of the tag leisure=sports_hall and on the usage of this tag at the time this prposal was written. This proposal is not proposing a new tag but only a (currently missing) documentation (content of a wiki page) for this already existing tag.


In OSM sports facilities often get a leisure=* tag which describes the use and not the building type. It is outside the scope of this proposal to question if such a tag is necessary for every sports hall. But it seems that many mappers think so and as long as there is no special leisure tag documented for sports halls they will often choose another one that is documented.

Many sports halls have been tagged with leisure=sports_centre even if they are just a part of a sports centre. But page Tag:leisure=sports_centre explains: "Facilities within a sports centre may include swimming pools, spa, solarium, sauna and/or steam room, sports hall,... Note that you should not place the leisure=sports_centre on inner elements. Use this tag once on the outer area of the sports centre..." This means, that at least these sports halls that are parts of (larger) sports centres schould not be tagged with leisure=sports_centre themselves.

Even if a sports hall is not a part of a (larger) sports centre (e.g. a sports hall on the campus of a school) it sometimes can hardly be called a sports centre and therefore should not be tagged as one. In the discussion on the tagging list (see External Discussions) the majority was for restricting the use of tag leisure=sports_centre to "real" sports centres. When this tag is used for other things as well it can no longer be used to find the "real" sports centres.

Therefore it is necesary to have (a documentation for) a more specific leisure=* tag for sports halls.

Proposed documentation

The following documentation for leisure=sports_hall is proposed:


Short description

A building that is used as a sports hall

Long description

leisure=sports_hall can be used for a building that is used as a sports hall. The tag can be used for all kinds of sports halls where no other tag (e.g. leisure=fitness_centre, leisure=ice_rink or leisure=sports_centre) is more appropriate, see examples below.

A sports hall can often be found on a campus of a school or in a sports centre. If a sports hall is a part of a sports centre it should not be tagged as a sports centre itself (avoid nested sports centres).


To describe that a building (building=*) or a part of a building (building:part=*) is used as a sports hall add leisure=sports_hall to it. If the outline of the sports hall is not known, place a node with that tag at the center of it.

The type of the building containing the sports hall should be specified as detailed as possible (e.g. building=sports_hall or building=sports_centre).

To describe the kind(s) of sport(s) the sports hall is equipped for use the sport=* tag.


Use as Tagging Photo
Typical sports halls fur multiple kinds of sports
Sports hall
of a university
building=*, eg. sports_hall
Multi-purpose Sports Hall, SIM University, Singapore - 20150905-02.jpg
Sports hall
of a school
building=*, eg. sports_hall
Sports hall
of a club
building=*, eg. sports_hall
Double Club Sports Hall 2017.jpg
Specialized sports halls of other types
Tennis hall
building=*, eg. sports_hall
Tennis hall - panoramio.jpg
Swimming hall
building=*, eg. sports_hall
Vágur Swimming Hall, Faroe Islands.JPG
Riding hall
building=*, eg. riding_hall
Centre équestre1.jpg

Sports halls of a sports centre

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Useful combinations

See also

Examples in the OSM database

Typical sports halls fur multiple kinds of sports

Specialized sports halls of other types

Features/Pages affected

External Discussions


Comments are welcome at any time on the Discussion page or on the mailing list (see External Discussions).