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Backyard Basketball Court Installation Cost

The average cost of installing a backyard basketball court is $250.

In this guide

Half vs full basketball court
Site preparation
Base material and surface
Hoop
Game lines
Labor
Maintenance
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install a basketball court in your backyard?

If you enjoy playing basketball and shooting hoops in your driveway, you may want to take steps to install a full or half court somewhere on your property. Custom basketball courts provide you with a better playing surface that not only gives you a better game, but it is also easier on your joints 1 and your basketballs.

Backyard courts come in many sizes, and several different surfaces are available. The average homeowner installing a high-school-regulation-size court of 84 by 50 feet on a concrete slab 2 with polymer surface tiles will spend around $30,000 on the project.

Half vs full basketball court

The size of a full regulation basketball court measures 94 by 50 feet, while a regulation junior or high school court measures 84 by 50 feet. Both allow you to play by yourself, 1-on-1, or on teams.

Many people do not have the room for a full court or even a junior full court, however. In those cases, you may want to install a half-court, which measures either 47 by 50 feet or 42 by 50 feet, giving you enough space for a game of 3-on-3 or 1-on-1.

Because most courts are priced by the square foot when installed, a half-court costs significantly less than a full court. And, a junior court costs less than a full regulation-sized court.

When making your decision, space should be the biggest determining factor after costs. If you do not have room for a full court, it is possible to go with a half-court or to create a custom court size to meet your needs and existing space.

Court sizeDimensions (feet)Approximate costs
Regulation 94x50$40,000-$75,000
Half-Court47x50$15,000-$30,000
Junior84x50$25,000-$40,000
Junior half-court42x50$10,000-$20,000


Site preparation

The site preparation that needs to be done is mostly dependant on the area where you install the court. The materials and installation are only one part of the project cost. The site preparation is what makes up the rest, and it varies tremendously based on location.

Basketball courts must be level, so the area you are installing it on needs to be graded. Ideally, the soil must also be compacted and firm. If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, you may also need drainage installed as well.

At a minimum, you will likely need an excavator to level the ground and a compactor to help prepare the site. However, if you have a severely sloped yard, you may also need gravel to assist with drainage and a retaining wall 3 to hold back the soil in the unexcavated areas beside the court. If so, this can increase your costs by a minimum of $10,000.

In severely sloped yards, you may also need dirt moved. Some may be able to be redistributed to other areas, but it may need to be taken away. This means that there will be significant preparation, and the area must be accessible to large equipment, including dump trucks, excavators, compactors, and concrete mixers. Expect to pay about $2,000 to $3,000 in labor fees for site preparation for a junior-sized court on moderately graded land. Your costs will increase significantly if your property is harder to work with.

Base material and surface

The site preparation process also includes putting down the base that goes beneath your court. This can be made of many materials, including asphalt 4, concrete, and modified plastics. Concrete is usually the preferred method. If you plan on using the court frequently, then you may want to use a shock-absorbing material made just for courts. Asphalt oxidizes over time, which can cause the base to become brittle and develop cracks.

Concrete lasts longer and remains more stable, but it is also harder and less comfortable for long-term use. Modified materials with more resiliency are sometimes used in courts that will see prolonged use.

Concrete bases cost around $10,000 installed while asphalt 2 costs around $8,400. Modified materials, such as a rubber base or landscape timbers, cost about $20,000 installed. These costs assume a size of 84 by 50 feet.

For the surface of the court, some people leave the concrete bare, but most cover it with a resilient surface material. This increases the bounce of the ball, makes for a more comfortable playing surface, increases the life of your court, and helps prevent damage to your joints 1 and the basketball.

Various surfacing materials exist. One is a rubberized surfacing material that is spread over the base and then painted. It comes in several colors but needs to be repainted and retreated periodically.

The other option is to use resilient court tiles. These already have the lines in place and snap together easily over the base. They last for decades, and individual tiles can be replaced if damaged.

Surfacing costs between $10,000 and $20,000 on average. For a junior-sized full court with synthetic resilient tiles, material costs are around $16,000 installed.

Hoop

No basketball court is complete without at least one hoop, and there are many options to choose from. Most backyard courts use a permanent, in-ground hoop, but there are other options for the style of the hoop as well as the rim and the backboard:

Hoop optionDescriptionCost
Standard rim

Fully welded rim that does not move when hit

Usually used in backyard courts

$30-$200
Portable

Hoop mounted on a wheeled base

Allows it to be moved to different locations

$150-$600
Polycarbonate 5 backboard

Inexpensive backboard

Does not have much force when the ball bounces from it

$150-$600
Acrylic backboard

Mid-range board

Provides more bounce and better play than polycarbonate 5

$200-$900
Wall-mounted

Hoop without a pole

Is mounted onto a garage, tree, or other fixed surface

$300-$1,600
In-groundHoop permanently cemented into the ground$700-$1,600

Tempered glass

backboard

High-end board

Provides lots of bounce and allows players to fine-tune gameplay

$900-$1,700

Exposed spring

breakaway rim

Rim that fully flexes and moves when hit with force$900-$2,000

Enclosed spring

breakaway rim

Rim that partially flexes and moves slightly when hit with force$900-$2,000


Game lines

If the court you are installing does not come in a kit with game lines factored in, then you may want to have them painted on. Lines are typically white, but you can have them painted in coordinating colors with your court. This costs around $300 on average for a full court.

Labor

Many factors are involved in building a basketball court, which means varying labor costs. On average, labor costs around $2 per square foot, which makes the full, junior-sized court of around 4,200 square feet cost $8,400 in labor fees out of the total of $30,000.

Maintenance

Most backyard courts need little-to-no maintenance beyond keeping them clean, sweeping them to remove debris, and checking for cracks or drainage issues. If you use a tile system, they tend to be fairly long-lasting without the need for repair. If you use a top coat, you may need to reapply every 6 to 8 years because it may begin to wear in places, which can reduce ball play.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Extra game lines for other sports

Sometimes people wish to play other sports on the same court, such as tennis. Some surfaces allow you to paint them and put in other lines, while other surfaces come readymade with the extra lines printed. If you need to paint the lines yourself, it will cost around $300.

Lighting

If you plan on playing at night, you may wish to have lighting installed to illuminate the court. Court lighting costs around $150 to $300 per light, plus an additional $300 to $500 in installation costs.

Fencing

Ball containment fencing can reduce the time you spend chasing after a stray ball. It can also keep your court more secure. Fencing starts at around $5,000 but can go as high as $10,000.

Custom logos

You may want your court to have a custom color or logo. Court tiles can easily be customized to accommodate this, sometimes at no additional cost. Otherwise, you may need to have the court painted, for around an additional $500.

Rebounder systems

Rebounder nets can help catch balls that go past the hoop, returning them to you. They cost between $100 and $300 on average.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Small gates in your property fencing can make it hard for the site preparation equipment to enter your property. In some cases, you may need to temporarily have the fencing removed or ask permission from your neighbors to enter another way.
  • Tiled courts can last for years with minimal maintenance, but rubberized courts need to be resurfaced every 6 to 8 years on average.
  • If you live in an area that sees a lot of rainfall, consider constructing an indoor court because the drainage system in an outdoor court could become problematic and expensive.
  • You will likely need a permit to install a basketball court. Speak with your town or city hall to learn more.
  • While orientation or position is important to tennis courts, this is less of an issue with basketball courts. Install the court wherever it makes sense on your property.
  • Basketball courts will not necessarily improve your property’s value because this is an area that will not appeal to all buyers. However, for the right buyer, it could mean a faster sale.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to install an indoor basketball court?

The cost to install an indoor basketball court is around $35,000 on average.

  • What is a good size for a backyard basketball court?

Half-courts measure 42 to 47 feet by 50 feet, junior full-sized courts measure 84 by 50 feet, and full-sized regulation courts measure 94 by 50 feet. Any of these can work for an outdoor court, or you can choose a smaller section for solitary play.​

  • How do you build an outdoor basketball court?

To build an outdoor court, you first need to level the area, then pour a base material like concrete or asphalt. Over this, you install surface materials, such as court tiles and hoops.​

  • What is the best flooring for a basketball court?

For indoor courts, wood flooring is best. For outdoor courts, sport tiles make a low-maintenance and long-lasting option with good ball play.​

  • What size basketball hoop should I get?

Regulation hoops are 10 feet off the ground with a backboard that is 72 inches wide by 42 inches tall. The rim is 18 inches in diameter.​

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Joints: A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together
glossary term picture Concrete Pad 2 Concrete slab: A flat area of concrete that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as a patio or a driveway
glossary term picture Retaining Wall 3 Retaining wall: A structure used to support vertical slopes of earth or to hold back water
glossary term picture Bitumen 4 Asphalt: A viscous, black mixture of hydrocarbons often used for roofing and waterproofing. It is also used in asphalt for paving roads
5 Polycarbonate: Thermoplastic polymer with high impact strength used in a variety of applications such as compact disks and bulletproof windows

Cost to install a basketball court varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Accord, NY
-16%
Americus, GA
-28%
Athens, GA
-9%
Austin, TX
+13%
Belvidere, TN
-49%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Bristow, VA
+21%
Cable, WI
+37%
Carlsbad, CA
+13%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, SC
-37%
Elgin, IL
+28%
Forreston, TX
-18%
Fort Mill, SC
-13%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gainesville, FL
-12%
Germantown, MD
+27%
Glen Allen, VA
-12%
Glen Rock, PA
+1%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Horsham, PA
+29%
Imperial, MO
-15%
Keene, TX
-22%
Mariposa, CA
-35%
Mayhill, NM
-38%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New Canaan, CT
+63%
New Hope, PA
+34%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Polson, MT
-43%
Richmond, TX
+63%
Saginaw, MI
+12%
Salem, MA
+19%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Springdale, AR
-18%
Troy, MI
+26%
Virginia, MN
-7%
Water Mill, NY
+37%
Wilmington, NC
-8%
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