How To Start A Batting Cage Facility: ShellCage vs Individual Batting Cages By admin | Published on November 29, 2019September 9, 2021 The first in our series of articles on How To Start A Batting Cage Facility tackles one of our most frequently asked questions: “Should I put in a Multi-Lane Batting Cage/ShellCage or individual batting cages?” What is a Multi-Lane Batting Cage/ShellCage? A ShellCage, or multi-lane batting cage, is simply a large tunnel cage that typically reaches from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall. The ShellCage is then divided up into a number of tunnels with retractable divider curtains. When the divider curtains are collapsed against the wall, the large tunnel stays in place, creating a “shell” around the large open area. This allows for a variety of team and group activities. Of course, you can also collapse individual cages along the overhead cable lines to create a large open area. However, it’s quicker and easier to collapse a single divider ShellCage curtain rather than an entire tunnel. Once you collapse individual tunnels, you lose the added protection of an overhead shell. Is It More Cost-Effective to Have a ShellCage or Individual Cage? This is a natural next question when considering a ShellCage for your facility, but the answer can be complicated. It depends on a number of factors. Typically a ShellCage requires less netting, but more hardware. More often than not, the costs between the two types are similar, but the added versatility of the ShellCage can make it a better deal. The Final Word: ShellCage vs Individual Cages ShellCages offer the benefits of individual batting cages with the added flexibility of easily creating a large open area for team activities. Individual batting cages are a great choice in smaller spaces. Additionally, they work well in a large open space where the benefit of a shell net is minimal. The ShellCage is almost certainly right for large, open spaces and allows for a variety of activities. Consequently, the ShellCage continues to grow in popularity year after year. As always, please leave any questions you may have in the comments below. Contact Us with any questions!