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How to Make a Homemade Wrestling Ring

By Alan Donahue

Wrestling has been popular for decades. While millions of fans enjoy watching the sport, there are also many who enjoy emulating it in their own backyard. While replica wrestling rings cost nearly $10,000 to purchase, you can create your own ring for a small percentage of that cost.

Measure out the wrestling ring in your backyard. The ring should be square and you should try to make it at least 8 feet by 8 feet. Dig a 3-foot hole at each corner for the ring posts.

Bury four 7-foot poles into each corner hole. This should leave 4 feet of the pole sticking out of the ground to create the posts. Use clay-like dirt or cement to pack the holes and make sure that they are stable and can take a lot of force.

Set up a single layer of 16 tires inside all of the posts. This will create the base of the ring and help withstand some of the wrestling impact that will occur.

Layer mattresses over the top of the tires to add more padding to the ring. It should take 2 to 4 mattresses to completely cover the tires. Use bungee cords to help secure the mattresses and prevent them from sliding out.

Place a layer of plywood over the mattresses. The plywood helps add hardness to the impact and will create realistic wrestling sounds in the ring.

Add a 1-inch soft layer over the plywood so that none of the wrestlers is directly hitting the wood.

Tightly secure a nylon tarp over the whole ring. Use stakes, staple guns, and bungee cords to secure the tarp and make it as tight as possible.

Attach three hooked bolts to each of the turnbuckles on the wrestling ring. Evenly spread them out so that the ring ropes will look even.

Wrap colored duct tape around three strong ring ropes. The tape helps secure the ropes from breaking and prevents rope burn while wrestling.

Run the ropes around the ring until they are tightly secured through each corner. Lean into the ropes to make sure that they can hold human weight and are supported by the turnbuckles and ring attachments.

Attach three soft pillows to each turnbuckle to lessen the impact. You can attach the pillows using thin rope or a staple gun. Test out the ring thoroughly, including the ring ropes, tarp and turnbuckles.

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