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Sport Brella Shelters

Updated on May 8, 2019
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Sharon is a human resources manager with a passion for reading and research and hanging out in her own backyard.

Instant Outdoor Shelter

Sitting in the Shade under a Sport Brella
Sitting in the Shade under a Sport Brella | Source

Instant Shelter for Outdoor Events

When my children were young there were few of the conveniences that there are today. One of these is a portable shelter. With our unpredictable weather these days, this is becoming a necessity.

Outdoor venue events can be ruined by inclement weather or even sunny weather. I remember concert events on the grass where you couldn’t get out of the sun without missing the concert, and of course if it rains, you are drenched! This is just one example but there are many especially if you have children who play sports.

Sports Events

One of the best uses for these shelters is kids sporting events and these events can be incredibly frequent. Because you are sitting on the sidelines outdoors these shelters are invaluable!

I accompanied a friend to her son's cricket match recently, and I was impressed when she put up a shelter pretty much instantly and we could watch the game without worrying about the scorching sun that day.

A private shelter adds to the enjoyment of watching your child’s game and it also gives your crew a place to run to if the weather does take a turn for the worse.

Beach Umbrella Shelter

I admit I am not a frequent beach visitor, but I distinctly remember struggling with a beach umbrella that refused to stay upright in the sand. If it is a windy day there is no way your umbrella is going to co-operate. Beach umbrellas can easily come loose if it's windy and are often not large enough to provide shelter for more than one person. I have struggled many times with beach umbrellas trying to get them to stay put and if it is windy you will be constantly readjusting (or chasing!) your beach umbrella. It can ruin the day and I know this from experience. The tent shelter is a much better option as it will stay in place anchored on several sides and is much roomier than the traditional beach umbrella.

Three Chairs and One Umbrella

This just doesn't work!
This just doesn't work! | Source

Camping in the Great Outdoors

Personally, I don't like camping, but I can appreciate how this shelter can be useful for camping enthusiasts. When you are all living in one tent in close quarters it’s always nice to have another place to escape. A second tent that’s inexpensive and east to set up provides another "room" to have some quiet time alone to read or just get away from the crowd (or your family!).

Small Tents Easy to Transport

These small tents are easy to pack in the car and simple to set up. You don't have to worry about the weather anymore if you keep it in your trunk; it's always there and ready to go. These tents are very easy to transport in an umbrella sleeve; just like a regular beach umbrella. There is a handle on the sleeve that makes them easy to carry around. They are quite lightweight when folded up. Although they look quite large they often fold up to become quite portable.

Bright Colors are Important!

These shelters often come in a variety of colors red, green, blue. Choose a color you like but choose one that will stand out, so you can find it among all the other umbrellas on the beach or campground. I have become disoriented when coming out of the water and the beach looks totally different. It’s hard to find your spot in the sea of umbrellas! Imagine how your children may feel when they look up and cannot recognize your spot.

A stand out color like red is perfect, and it will be a beacon among all those multicolor umbrellas! I have had this experience, often when you go into the water you don't realize you are drifting away from the original spot where you entered the water and when you look up at the beach your "base camp" has disappeared! With this in mind a bright color is a good choice for the beach. I have vivid memories of my children running in the opposite direction of our area in a panic, with me yelling and chasing them from behind.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

A bonus with these shelters is sun protection, they have UV protection built right in! I enjoy sitting near the water to read but I do not like the sun or sun bathing. Fair skinned people who burn easily will appreciate these shelters with this added bonus.


A Shelter for Peace and Quiet

I can appreciate a little quiet time. Disappearing under a tent is perfect for those of us who love to read whether you are on the beach or in the woods; it's little spot to grab a peaceful moment of privacy for a snooze or a read.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo

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    • aviwolfson profile image

      Avi Wolfson 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very cool, I like it!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think this is a great product, and I had never heard of them before. I especially like the fact of being able to hook two together for a group. Terrific! Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      They are cool, I never knew about them, nice lens about sports brella. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      I have seen some people using these during weekend baseball tournaments. They look easy to carry, put up and take down. We might have to invest in one this Summer. If so, I will come back and buy from your link.

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      Fart Pickins 

      8 years ago

      I had no idea these existed. These are really cool!

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      8 years ago

      a huge umbrella

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      8 years ago

      This is a great umbrella that i have had the pleasure of using at the beach.

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      8 years ago

      Yes! They would be great at lots of sports events - I wonder if they would be too spooky for the horses.

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      8 years ago

      I seen a bunch of these at the kids football practices. It gets so hot out in the sun that these are essential at kids sports games.

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      8 years ago

      Interesting. I didn't know that sports brella's existed!

    • LisaDH profile image


      8 years ago

      I've never seen these before. Very cool!

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      hartworks lm 

      8 years ago

      Yes and never heard of them before.

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      8 years ago

      These sports sun shades are very popular in Arizona. All the parents bring them to their kids soccer games, etc.

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      8 years ago

      These would be great for those new families with infants still trying to get out there and socialize in this HEAT! Sometimes those strollers get too hot, even with shade, so this would allow an escape.

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      8 years ago

      I wish I had known about these when my kids were playing sports - I see that they're all the rage now at the local soccer field!

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      8 years ago

      This lens makes me want one, unfortunately I can't afford one, and hardly ever go somewhere where I would need it.


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