How much does it cost to build a backyard basketball court?
How much does it cost to build a backyard basketball court?
$4 – $16 average cost per square foot installed
$3,600 – $14,400 average total cost for a backyard half-court
$12,400– $75,200 average total cost for full-court
Cost to build an outdoor basketball court
An outdoor basketball court costs $4 to $16 per square foot installed on average, depending on the size and features. The cost to build a backyard basketball court is $3,600 to $14,400 for a 30'x30' half-court, including an asphalt or concrete base, a painted surface, and one basketball hoop.
|Type||Dimensions||Average cost installed|
|Half-court — Residential||30' x 30'||$3,600 – $14,400|
|Half-court — Junior High||37 'x 42'||$6,200 – $25,000|
|Half-court — High School||42' x 50'||$8,400 – $33,600|
|Half-court — 3x3 League||36' x 49'||$7,100 – $28,200|
|Half-court — NBA||47 'x 50'||$9,400 – $37,600|
|Full-court — Junior High||74 'x 42'||$12,400 – $50,000|
|Full-court — High School||84' x 50'||$16,800 – $67,200|
|Full-court — NBA||94' x 50'||$18,800 – $75,200|
Backyard basketball court costs by material
The cost to build a backyard basketball court depends on the surface material, with asphalt and concrete being the most popular materials for outdoor play. Most home courts are smaller than regulation-size but should be at least 30' x 30' to allow for 3-on-3 games and 3-point shots.
|Material||Cost per square foot installed*||Average half-court cost (30' x 30')*||Locations|
|Asphalt surface cost||$3 – $7||$2,700 – $6,300||Outdoor|
|Concrete slab cost||$5 – $10||$4,500 – $9,000||Indoor or outdoor|
|Hardwood floor cost||$6 – $15||$5,400 – $13,500||Indoor|
|Pavers cost||$10 – $17||$9,000 – $15,300||Outdoor|
|Rubber tiles||$4 – $17||$3,600 – $15,300||Indoor or outdoor|
*Surface cost only; does not include installing hoops or painting the game lines.
In comparison, building an indoor basketball court costs $4 to $16 per square foot to convert an existing garage or barn space, including installing new flooring, painting the game lines, and installing a hoop.
A multi-sport court surface costs $4 to $17 per square foot and typically ranges from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet. Multi-sport courts feature lines painted in different colors for playing basketball, pickleball, and other sports.
Cost factors to build an outdoor basketball court
One of the cheapest but most important features in your backyard basketball court is the hoop, which costs $150 to $2,000 installed. Portable hoops are the least expensive, while mounted or in-ground hoops are sturdier but more expensive. Site prep, courtside seating, and lighting add to the total cost.
|Factor||Average installed cost||Details|
|Basketball hoop||$150 – $2,000||Portable hoops fall at the low end of the range. Mounted or in-ground hoops with shatterproof backboards are the most expensive.|
|Bench seating||$200 – $500||Metal or plastic benches typically seat 3 to 4 players.|
|Pole padding||$100 – $350||To protect the players from injury|
|Rebounder net||$100 – $250||To protect the surrounding landscaping from ball damage and prevent chasing after the ball|
|Scoreboard||$200 – $2,000||To keep score for competitive gameplay|
|Surface / flooring costs||$3 – $30 per square foot||Costs vary by material, with concrete and asphalt falling at the low end and brick pavers at the high end of prices.|
|Fabric shade / awning cost||$1,900 – $2,900+||To block rain and UV rays for outdoor gameplay|
|Land leveling and grading costs||$500 – $5,000||To prep the site for concrete or asphalt|
|Building permit costs||$50 – $200||Permits for outdoor concrete or asphalt courts|
|Line painting costs||$50 – $350||To hire a painter to paint the lines on the new half-court or full-court surface|
|Outdoor lighting costs||$50 – $200 per light||Floodlights or exterior garage lights to light the court for nighttime play|
|Drainage costs||$1,000 – $4,000||To prevent water on the court|
|Fencing costs||$1,600 – $3,400||To enclose the yard space|
|Landscaping costs||$300 – $800||For plants around the court area, to enhance the appearance or obscure the view from the road|
Backyard basketball court prices for upgrades
Accessories and upgrades for your backyard basketball court cost as little as $100 for protective pole padding to $2,000+ for a high-end digital scoreboard or retractable awning. Popular upgrades include:
Cost to build a backyard basketball gym structure
Attached or detached addition
Building a home addition costs $90 to $210 per square foot, depending on whether you construct an attached or detached space for an indoor basketball court. Check your local building codes and HOA regulations to make sure a detached structure is allowed on your property.
A pole barn costs $15 to $40 per square foot installed or about $18,000 to $48,000 total for a pole barn large enough for a small indoor basketball court. An indoor court is a great addition to a post-frame building, allowing you to play basketball year-round regardless of the weather.
FAQ’s when installing a basketball court
What is the cheapest way to make a basketball court?
The cheapest way to make a basketball court is to install a portable hoop on your existing driveway. If that's not an option, you can build a small 30'x30' half-court, which gives you enough space for 3-on-3 streetball.
How long does it take to build a basketball court?
Building an outdoor basketball court takes 4 to 6 weeks, including time for planning and site prep, constructing the surface, installing components, and painting the game lines.
What is the square footage of a basketball court?
A typical backyard basketball court is 900 square feet or a 30' x 30' half-court, which has enough room for 3-on-3 play and shooting 3-pointers. In comparison, a full-sized NBA basketball court is 4,700 square feet and measures 94' x 50'.
Do you need a permit to build a basketball court?
Building a permanent basketball court made of concrete, asphalt, or pavers typically requires a permit. Check your city's building codes to find out if you need a permit for your project.
Who builds basketball courts?
A general contractor, paving or concrete contractor, or specialized sport court builder can build your backyard basketball court.
Getting estimates from backyard basketball court builders
Follow these tips when getting estimates from backyard basketball court builders:
Compare at least three estimates from blacktop or paver contractors.
Select contractors with several years of experience building outdoor basketball courts.
Look at their portfolio or previous similar projects.
Review the company's feedback on HomeGuide and Google.
Ask for copies of the contract, detailed estimate, and warranty upfront.
Do not pay in full before construction starts. Always negotiate a payment plan.
Questions to ask
Ask the following questions when getting backyard basketball court quotes:
How many years have you been building outdoor basketball courts?
Can I review your company's business license, insurance, and bond guarantees?
Do you have a portfolio of your recent basketball court installations?
What permits are required? Do you handle the permitting process?
What material do you recommend for my court size and location?
Does your paving work include sealcoating?
Will you provide a construction schedule?
What prep work is required? Does your estimate include site prep and cleanup?
Who is my point of contact? Who supervises the crew each day?
Do you mark the underground utilities before excavation?
Does this quote include all materials and labor fees? What additional
costs can I expect?