Sport Court Cost: Average Price to Build in 2023

Jamie Jacobs
Jamie Jacobs joined APX Construction Group in June of 2020 specializing in interior design, marketing, event planning, and business development.
  • Whether you want to build a sports court in your backyard, in your local community, or for a school, there are a lot of details to consider. A small, half-size backyard court will have a completely different construction process than a large, regulation-size indoor court.

    The biggest consideration at the front of your mind is probably, “How much is this going to cost?” The sport court cost breakdown will vary depending on:

    • Indoor vs. outdoor
    • Size
    • Location
    • Features

    Let’s take a closer look at the cost of building indoor and outdoor versions of basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts!

    1) Basketball Courts 🏀

    Whether “ball is life” for you or you want to provide access to basketball courts in your community, there’s no denying that it’s a popular sport, a great form of exercise, and a wonderful way to build sportsmanship and camaraderie.

    Building a new basketball court can range from $8,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope of the project.

    Cost for Outdoor Basketball Courts

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    Outdoor basketball courts are popular at parks and schools. Some homeowners even choose to build a backyard basketball court instead of just having a free-standing hoop in their driveway.

    Generally, outdoor courts are cheaper to build than indoor courts since you don’t have to account for the construction of the physical building, heating & cooling costs, and electricity. However, they still require a sizeable investment.

    A full-size outdoor basketball court (94 x 50 feet or 4,700 square feet) can cost between $20,000-$75,000, depending on the condition of the land, the drainage you need, labor costs, and the materials you choose. Concrete will cost you less than a polymeric rubber court.

    An outdoor half-court (47 x 50 feet) can cost between $8,000-$30,000 on average with these same considerations in mind.

    Cost for Indoor Basketball Courts

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    There are two main price considerations when it comes to indoor basketball courts: building an entirely new facility or simply resurfacing an existing court.

    Check out the cost breakdown of replacing an existing indoor basketball court based on different sizes:

    • 3 v 3 Small Court (45 x 35 ft.): $9,200-$23,000
    • Half Court (47 x 50 ft.): $15,000-$35,000
    • Elementary School Court (50 v 42 ft.): $11,000-$50,000
    • Middle School Court (74 x 42 ft.): $27,000-$75,000
    • High School Court (84 x 50 ft.): $27,000-$80,000
    • College or Pro-Size Court (94 x 50 ft.): $35,000-$90,000

    The surface materials you choose will contribute to the final cost of the court. You can select from natural materials (hardwood or linoleum), synthetic (vinyl or laminate), or rubber. You’ll also need to account for details like:

    • Hoops: $500-$2,000 each
    • Scoreboards: $2,000-$7,000 each
    • Graphic designs: $500-$3,000
    • Bleachers/seating: $100-$1,000 per seat
    • Lighting: $5,000-$20,000

    2) Tennis & Pickleball Courts 🎾

    Tennis and pickleball are popularly played outdoors, but you’ll see indoor courts in regions with harsh winters. Pickleball can technically be played on tennis courts, but official pickleball courts are smaller than tennis courts.

    Cost for Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts

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    A regulation-size doubles tennis court measures 78 feet long by 36 feet wide. Building a full-size outdoor tennis court will run you between $30,000-$100,000. The biggest factors that play into the final cost are your location and the court material you select.

    • Clay: $30,000-$80,000
    • Asphalt: $40,000-$90,000
    • Grass: $50,000-$150,000
    • Concrete: $60,000-$120,000
    • Turf: $75,000-$100,000

    A half-size backyard tennis court can run closer to $5,000-$25,000.

    Cost for Indoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts

    The most common indoor tennis court surfaces are hard courts made from concrete or wood that have an acrylic or rubber overlay. Simple indoor courts may range from $70,000-$150,000. However, expansive indoor sporting facilities could range from $200,000 to $5 million.

    For the pickleball side of things, check out our indoor and outdoor cost guide.

    3) Volleyball Courts 🏐

    Not only is volleyball a popular sport for students, but it’s also the go-to sport for many adult recreational sporting leagues. If you see a need for more volleyball courts in your community or need to refurbish an existing one, you have a handful of options.

    Cost for Outdoor Volleyball Courts

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    Outdoor volleyball courts are commonly made of sand. However, “beach volleyball” is technically a different sport than regular volleyball. Outdoor volleyball courts can also have hard surfaces made from polyurethane, acrylic materials, artificial turf, and more.

    The average cost of a sand volleyball court is $35,000. A hard-surface outdoor court can range from $25,000-$120,000 depending on:

    • Site preparation needs (Excavation, leveling, drainage)
    • The base layer
    • The subflooring material (Concrete, asphalt, modular shock pad)
    • The surface material (Acrylic and rubber mats, polyurethane, multi-purpose sport tiles, artificial turf)
    • The size of the court (Standard size is 59 x 29.5 feet)

    Cost for Indoor Volleyball Courts

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    Many indoor volleyball courts are shared in tandem with basketball courts, especially in school settings. As long as the correct lines are painted on, it’s easy to utilize an existing basketball court.

    Installing or replacing the court itself can cost between $30,000-$180,000. Building an entire indoor structure complete with locker rooms, a lobby, and bleachers can cost up to $5 million, depending on the size and scope. A simple, local facility will be on the lower end of the spectrum, while a professional-grade complex could even exceed $5 million.

    Sport Court Cost: Bring Your Dream Court to Life

    The best way to get an accurate cost estimate for the sports court you want to build is to contact an experienced commercial construction company. Here at APX Construction Group, we specialize in commercial construction, meaning we have the knowledge and experience to build an indoor sporting court on time and on budget.

    Whether you’ve got a clear plan in place or just want to explore your options, reach out to APX today for a free consultation!

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