How Much Does It Cost to Install an Outdoor Basketball Court?

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Updated July 22, 2022
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Highlights

  • $8,600 to $75,200 is the average cost range for an outdoor basketball court.

  • Required labor to install a court can significantly impact costs.

  • DIY installation isn't advisable for most people; it's a labor-intensive job.

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For those who believe “ball is life,” having your own basketball court is a dream come true. If you’re looking to turn your backyard into an at-home NBA court, the price tag starts at $8,600 and can reach $75,200, depending on several factors.

Outdoor Basketball Court Cost Breakdown

Many factors affect the cost of installing an outdoor basketball court.

Size of the Court

The larger the court, the more it will cost. The size of the court has a big impact on final costs. A full-size basketball court is 94-by-50 feet, or 4,700 square feet. Depending on the amount of land you have to dedicate to b-ball (and your budget) you can opt for a half-court to save on costs.

Generally, building an outdoor basketball court will cost you between $4 to $16 per square foot. You’ll reach the higher end of the range if you opt for premium materials or need to do some grading to prep the site before you build.

TypeCost
Half Court$8,600 – $40,000
Full Court$18,800 – $75,200

Land Condition

If the land you want to put the court on is bumpy and uneven, or there are drainage issues, you'll have to spend a lot of money on preparing the site. Yard grading costs $1 to $2 per square foot. 

Labor

Labor is likely to be your biggest expense, potentially taking up the majority of your budget. Installing a basketball court is hard work with long hours. Labor costs can vary greatly depending on the region. The job size can also increase the overall cost of the labor. Courts take four to six weeks to build, so a full court might cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 per day. Hourly rates likely won't apply, even for small courts.

A local tennis court company or service will bill similarly. A tennis court costs about $60,000 to build from scratch.

Base Materials

Most contractors will recommend concrete or asphalt for outdoor courts because traditional hardwood courts won’t withstand weather conditions.

The price of flooring will run from $14,000 to $45,000 for a full-sized outdoor court. You'll need to pour concrete, which costs $1.25 to $1.75 per square foot just for the materials, and another $2.50 to $8 per square foot for installation. Polymeric rubber is also an option, though can be more costly—up to $25 per square foot, in some cases.

TypePrice
Asphalt (Half Court)$9,400 – $28,000
Asphalt (Full Court)$8,700 – $56,400
Poured Concrete (Half Court)$8,812 – $22,912
Poured Concrete (Full Court)$17,625 – $45,825
Rubber (Half Court)$37,600 – $58,750
Rubber (Full Court)$75,200 – $117,500

Foundation

An outdoor court needs a concrete slab reinforced with rebar as a foundation. As a result, you will need to pour concrete prior to installing the court.

Drainage and Grading

To ensure the court’s hard surface is on flat land with proper drainage, you need a construction professional to do drainage and grading work. This cost varies greatly, from $3,200 to $9,500.

Hoop

A hoop is generally one of the more inexpensive parts of a basketball court, but it will still affect your budget as they can cost in the thousands. You can purchase portable basketball hoops online for as little as $50. But if you want a permanent, professional basketball hoop installed, you may spend as much as $2,000 per hoop, and $450 to have a local pro install it

The materials you choose for the backboard could also drive the price up for your new hoop.

Type of HoopCost to Install
Standard$50 – $250
Portable$140 – $5,659
Acrylic$1,750 – $4,360
Polycarbonate$290 – $2,000
In-Ground$400 – 1,600

Paint

It takes several gallons of paint to paint an entire basketball court. Lining a full court will cost $350 to $800. For concrete, there's a possibility you'll need to do two coats or reapply every couple years.

Extras

For nighttime hoopers or those who need to get a workout in before work, installing lights on your outdoor basketball court could be a good option. The number of lights you'll need will depend on the court size. A low-voltage system will start at around $1,500.

In addition to lights, you could add features like:

  • Bench seating

  • Scoreboard

  • Fencing

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Basketball Court Yourself?

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If you have all the equipment needed to do the job, bought the materials yourself, and have people willing to help you out for free, you could probably construct the court for about $15,000 to $20,000.

DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

Unless you have extensive construction experience, you’re better off playing basketball than trying to build the court. DIYing a basketball court isn’t as simple as laying the groundwork—you need to level the land, ensure there’s proper drainage, and pour concrete.

It's best to pay professionals to ensure everything is done right—and, just like the game, this is a team effort.

How To Save Money Building a Basketball Court

Outside of taking a DIY approach—which requires a ton of work and is only for truly savvy homeowners—you can cut costs in a few ways. Here are some tips to save money when building a basketball court.

1. Consider a Garage or Driveway Hoop

Scaled-back options like these won't give you a full court in your home, but if hooping on a budget is your goal, they could be solid alternatives you can build faster.

Mounting a garage basketball hoop only costs under $100. With some paint, you can add a half-court set up on your driveway if space allows.

2. Do Renovation Projects Yourself

A poured concrete basketball court could be cheaper than a hardwood indoor court. You can save thousands by digging the space out yourself. Although difficult, digging a uniform four-feet deep hole for the area can be something you tackle slowly over a couple of months. Once finished, you can have a local concrete contractor lay concrete and paint the court yourself.

FAQs About Outdoor Basketball Courts

Is it better to play basketball outdoors or indoors?

So long as your court and hoop dimensions are the same, any basketball player can get a great workout and improve their skills on an indoor or outdoor court. However, you might consider using or building an indoor court if you live in a particularly rainy or windy area, as this can make it difficult to play outdoors.

Should I build an outdoor basketball court myself?

It’s tempting to try to save money building an outdoor basketball court yourself, but the truth is laying the flooring requires heavy equipment and lots of labor. So it’s best to hire a professional to do the job.

How do I create an outdoor basketball court budget estimate?

If you want to know from the outset how much you’re likely to pay to install an outdoor basketball court, create a budget breakdown that lists the following expenses:

  • Labor: How many work hours will you need, and what is the average price of labor in your area?

  • Materials: What material do you plan to use, and what is the average price per square foot?

  • Drainage, grading, and laying cement slabs: Do you need to level or prep your area? Have a professional evaluate your property to determine what you will need to pay a contractor to do this work.

  • Hoops, lighting, fencing, painting lines, and other extras: What extras are non-negotiable? Create a list of all of the extras you want your court to have.

Why should I use asphalt for my outdoor basketball court?

Asphalt, which is stone mixed with tar, is the most common material for outdoor basketball courts because it’s so sturdy and versatile. However, you don't have to use it: another option is polymeric rubber, which has shock pads that can prevent injury. This option is a little more expensive, ranging between $16 and $25 per square foot.

Materials used for indoor basketball courts, such as hardwoods, aren’t really an option outdoors.

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