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How Much Does a Private Basketball Court Cost – What’s Needed

How much does a basketball court cost? 

For many people, this would seem like an easy question to answer. But the truth is there can be some complex issues regarding how much it costs to build a basketball court — even to the point that it can be difficult for people to get their arms what price to expect.

For instance… how big is the space? Do you have the space to do a half-court — or is it just a smaller area that you need to fill in for youth play…

If there aren’t public basketball courts near you — or you simply want to play in the comfort near your own home — you might have toyed with the idea of building your own personal court.

But there are a lot of aspects to consider before you start building a basketball court — particularly price being a main consideration. Before starting construction on a basketball court, it’s helpful to understand all the costs — even when it comes to a small professional style basketball court.

So How Much Does a Basketball Court Cost?
(Let’s look at Indoor & Outdoor Courts)

Indoor Basketball Court Cost

Let’s start with an indoor court. Material and job size affect the price of an indoor basketball court. Choosing the right material and size can save you money. Home Advisor estimates a basketball court to cost from $16,650-$70,700. That’s a wide range. This estimate is highly subjective and based on the quality and materials used.

If you already have a space available in your house that could be turned into a basketball court, you can save money on the start-up cost.

Hardwood Basketball Court Flooring

It’s most common for maple hardwood to be used as the floor for an indoor basketball court. It’s durable, long-lasting, and looks good and professional. Choose this type of flooring for your indoor court, and it will usually cost between $3.50 and $6 per square foot, but that can vary — and costs may have risen recently due to inflation. And that’s just the materials. 

Keep in mind that installation cost will run from $3 to $8 per square foot, too. This comes to about $29,000 for a complete full size basketball court, or $5,500 for a three-on-three basketball court (where you have one backboard and about a half court size).

Laminate Basketball Court Flooring

Laminate flooring is a good alternative to maple hardwood because it costs less and is easier to clean (and keep clean). Between $0.70 and $2 per square foot should be budgeted for, as well as $2 to $8 per square foot for installation.

If you go with this flooring, then plan on costs of about $13,000 to $47,000 to build a full-size court with laminate flooring. A 3-on-3 court can cost about $2,500 to $9,000.

Concrete Basketball Court Flooring

When building an indoor basketball court, you could use an existing cement slab as the main surface. This will save you money and time. To help protect the concrete, you should put on an epoxy floor coating, similar to the coatings used in garages. There’s lots of epoxy floor coating colors available so you could even match floor colors with your favorite team colors. By the size of the court and type of epoxy used, epoxy floor coating costs will vary. This of course would have to be on the first floor or ground floor since concrete can be quite heavy. 

Expect from $2,000 to $3,000 for the total cost of a small court done this way.

Other Expenses

There are a few more costs to consider when building an indoor basketball court. If more work, like lighting and ventilation is needed, the price can go up significantly.

Installing Lighting

Before adding the cost of labor, lighting should cost between $450 and $550 for each light fixture.

Remodeling a Basement

About $19,000 should be expected when installing everything from lighting and plumbing to flooring and walls if your court is located in an existing basement.

Installation of Ductwork and Ventilation

These are important to keep the court at the right temperature, but they can cost up to $1,100 each.

Extensions

It could cost up to $40,000.

Installing Paint Lines and Basketball Goals

Each cost between $800 and $2,400.

 

Building an indoor basketball gym

 

Outside Basketball Court Price

A basketball court outside may be better than one inside if there isn’t enough room inside. Because you won’t have to be fixated to one room, you’ll have more flexibility to choose where the court is located.

Outdoor basketball courts also take less time to build than indoor ones due to less work involved. The price of an outdoor court can vary depending on how much work and materials are needed to finish the project. A standard-sized court should cost between $17,200 and $76,000.

Outside Concrete Basketball Court

A concrete floor for an outdoor basketball court costs about the same as a concrete floor for a patio. poured concrete is usually priced between $1.25 and $1.875 per square foot, with installation cost ranging from $2.50 to $8 per square foot.

Figure about $15,000 and $45,000, to buy yourself a full-size outdoor concrete basketball court made of concrete. Outside 3-on-3 courts cost between $3,500 and $9,000. If you decide to use the side of an existing driveway, then your costs are cut significantly. 

Asphalt Basketball Court Cost

Asphalt needs less maintenance in both hot and cold weather than concrete. It can cost between $3 and $4 per square foot to put in, which adds up to about $14,000 to $18,000 for a full-sized court.

Installing asphalt does require some extra work, such as having gravel, the excavation, and leveling — as well as a basecoat and topcoat. This means the total cost will likely be more than expected. You’ll need to plan for more than just materials and installation if you chose this option.

Other Base Surface Choices

If you can’t build a permanent base for your outdoor basketball court, you can use a portable base. An interlocking sports base is easy to put together, it’s like having sheets that fit together like puzzle pieces. This type absorbs shock and helps to keep people from getting hurt if they fall.

Because interlocking sport bases are more expensive than concrete and asphalt flooring, they are less expensive to put down. Make sure that your outdoor basketball court has a snapping tile system on top of this type of floor.

Snapping Tiles

Snipping tiles are tiles that snap into place in a grid, making it easy to put them down. Because they have a soft surface, they can help keep people from getting hurt if they fall.

If you want to use snapping tiles for your outdoor basketball court, they need to be held down by concrete or another type of sports base. It costs between $3.50 and $4.50 per square foot to buy sports tiles.

A full-size court will cost between $17,000 and $22,000 using snapping tiles. A smaller 3-on-3 court costs between $3,200 and $4,100.

Land Leveling

When you want to play basketball on your court, you’ll want a level and stable surface. Running, jumping, and landing shots is hard on rocky and uneven ground.

As a result, if the area is not level then you may need to change the slope where you want to put the court. It costs about $1,900 to slope an area, and it costs about $3,000 for a full basketball court sized area. 

If the project is big or complicated, the price may be different as well — and could rise significantly.

Drainage

You’ll need to grade the ground around your court even if level. This is because wet weather can cause flooding in the area or around your home. By grading your land the right way, water is directed away from your house and away from other structures on your land.

Installing a drainage system in your yard will cost roughly $3,400.

Other Expenses

Materials and installation costs aren’t the only costs of building an outdoor basketball court. There are also some extra costs to consider.

Fencing

You might want to put up a fence to keep the basketballs from going too far from the court (or into the street). If you use wood for the fence, this can cost from $7 to $19 per linear foot — depending on the type of wood.

Lighting

If you want to play on your court at night, you’ll need to put in outdoor lighting. This could cost you up to $1,500.

 

Building an outdoor basketball court

 

Final Thoughts

The average cost of a outside basketball court ranges between $15,000 and $45,000 depending on how it’s installed.

If you want to install asphalt or snapping tiles for decoration purposes, the price will be higher than just the cost of materials and installation.

An inside basketball court can range from from $16,650-$70,700. If you have a lot of space in your home for a basketball court, you might be able save money on the cost.

If you don’t have a budget in mind already but you want a basketball court for your children, the best thing to do is consult several contractors or look at how much you can trim from your other expenses. This way you’ll be able to fit the new basketball court into your financial plan without too much trouble.

It’s important to include all of these factors into your budget so that you can enjoy using your new basketball court for years to come.