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

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Updated January 11, 2022
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The typical cost range to build an outdoor basketball court is from $17,200 to $76,000

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For those who believe “ball is life,” having your own personal 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 $17,200 and can go all the way up to $76,000, depending on a number of factors.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Basketball Court Per Square Foot?

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 hit the high end if you opt for premium materials or need to do some grading or other site preparation before you build.

What Size Basketball Court Can I Get on My Budget?

If you're on a strict budget, you'll have to make decisions on court size based on what you can afford. Here is generally what court you can build for the following budgets:

$9,000

For a more affordable price, you can get a 3-on-3 court measuring 30-by-30 feet. It's about one-fifth of the size of a full court, but if all you want to do is ball with your family, that may be more than enough to suit your purposes.

$15,500

At this price, you can get a 37-by-42-foot court, which is about a third of the size of a professional court. This is half the size of courts junior high teams square off on.

$23,000

This price will get you a half-court at 47-by-50 feet.

$31,000

With this budget, you can generally afford a standard 74-by-42-foot junior high court.

$41,500

This will get you a full-sized high school basketball court, which, at 84-by-50 feet, is about 87% of the size of an NBA or NCAA court.

$46,000

This is the average price tag for a full-sized 97-by-50-foot court so you can feel like you’re playing with the pros.

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

If you have all of 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.

However, 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.

Outdoor Basketball Court Cost Breakdown

Here are some of the major expenses you’re likely to incur from building a basketball court.

Labor

Labor is likely to be your biggest expense, potentially taking up the majority of your budget. Installing a basketball court is hard work that requires lots of work hours.

Base Materials

Generally, contractors use concrete and asphalt as the flooring for a basketball court as indoor basketball court flooring options, such as hardwood, aren't available due to the weather.

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.

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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 $200. 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.

What Factors Influence the Cost to Install an Outdoor Basketball Court?

Many factors that affect the cost of installing an outdoor basketball court:

  • 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.

  • Labor: Labor costs can vary greatly depending on region. The size of the job can also increase the number of man-hours you need and therefore the overall cost of the labor.

  • Size of the court: The larger the court you want, the more it will cost.

  • Extras add-ons: If you want to make some premium upgrades to the basketball court, such as installing some professional lighting or painting official lines, it may add a few thousand dollars to the project.

FAQs About Outdoor Basketball Courts

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 these types of projects require 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 as a permanent structure, create a budget breakdown that lists the following expenses:

  • Labor: How many man-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: 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: 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-$25 per square foot.

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

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