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The Cost of a Backyard Sports Court: A Breakdown

By Courts & Greens - December 6th, 2019 in Courts, Sports

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A Breakdown of the Cost of a Backyard Sports Court

Many families look to add value to their homes by installing a backyard sports court. And why not! Having a sports court in your backyard allows you to spend more quality time together with your loved ones. Also, you create many invaluable memories of your little ones, growing up.

But like any other construction project, there are many factors that you need to consider before installing a sports court. To begin with, you need to take into account the various components of the project that go into deciding the overall cost of your backyard sports court.

The cost to build a sports court varies depending on the size, site, and components for the court. A small half-court will cost less than a full-size multi-sport court. The bigger the size of the court, the more expensive the project will be.

Backyard sports courts come in all sizes. From small basketball courts for shooting practice to half-courts and full regulation scale basketball courts. From open backyard sports courts to closed all season multi-sports courts. We work with you to customize your backyard sports court based on your family needs and landscape, within the budget you set.

If you have a small yard, you can think about getting a bocce ball court with a hoop to practice shooting hoops. And if you have a significant sized yard, you may also go for putting greens or a tennis court. But if size and budget are not a constraint, you can think about getting a multi-sports court that caters to the needs of everyone in the family.

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The cost of building a sports court depends on what kind of court you want. Is it an indoor or outdoor court? What games do you want to include? For example, if you’re going to build a basketball court, it can cost anywhere between $3 and $17 per square foot. According to data from HomeAdvisor, a low-end court may cost around $11,000, whereas a high-end court may cost about $76,000 for a size measuring 94′ x 50′.

Let’s take a look at the variables involved in the costing of a backyard sports court.

What Variables Do You Need to Consider?

Of all the variables, you must consider the following five components when building a backyard sports court:

1. Site

Every site is unique. Each site requires grading, shaping, engineering, construction, and knowledge of compaction rates to create access and build durable sports courts. A team of experts assess your site and grade it properly to ensure the slope and compaction is correct for building a court. 

If the slope is large, you may need to invest more in the project. Similarly, if the project requires movement of a significant amount of earth, then it will need more grading, bigger equipment, compaction, hauling, etc. And the more the manual work requirement, the higher the labor cost and the longer it will take to prepare the site.

2. Base Material

The base material refers to the aggregate material under the foundation and the customized sports court foundation itself. Aggregate material depends on the soil reports on the type of soil, and thickness of base rock. 

Often we build courts on steel-reinforced concrete slabs owing to its low maintenance and strength. Another common alternative is asphalt. But it is noteworthy that asphalt is susceptible to movement as you run or bounce the ball on the surface. Thus it is a huge headache when it comes to maintenance.

When deciding on the base material, take note of the soil type, access to the site, drainage, environmental codes, and city ordinances. Remember: the cost of building your backyard sports court will depend on the base material you want.

3. Performance Surface

Once the foundation is complete, we install the surface of your choice. You can choose from high-quality sports surfaces manufactured with safety and performance in mind. The cost of surfacing will depend on the price of the custom material you choose.

4. Components

Selecting the components for your backyard sports court can be great fun for the entire family. Here, you get to decide what accessories you want to include in your court. The components may consist of an adjustable basketball hoop, containment netting, LED lighting, multi-sport nets, and poles.

5. Installation

Once you make the selections and complete the construction, it is time to install the court. Installation can take anywhere from 1 to 3 days based on the complexity of the customization involved.

And before you know it, your backyard sports court will be ready to host your family games and friendly challenges on the holidays. If you love to play and have fun with your family and friends right at home, then the backyard sports court is a good investment for you.  

Cost of Building a Backyard Basketball Court

To get an idea of the costs involved, here is the breakdown of the costs involved in building a basketball court in your backyard based on data from HomeAdvisor. The flooring can cost between $14,000 and $45,000. You can expect to pay up to $4,500 for land leveling charges and $5,000 for drainage.

You have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to the placement and installation of your backyard sports court. Thus the prices can range between $4 and $16 per square foot, which is approximately $17,200 to $76,000 for a standard size court.

Cost of Building Other Sports and Multi-Sport Courts

In case you want to build a court for other sports or a multi-sports court, the price varies based on sports. For example, you can expect to pay around $7,500 to build a tennis court on asphalt, concrete, or grass. The cost will include the price for the base material, performance surfacing, and any equipment. And, if you want to build a roller hockey surface, you will have to pay an extra for sports tiles on the base.

However, because of the size and nature of the build, we recommend you hire an experienced and reliable professional to complete the project in a reasonable timeframe. Our experts work with you to customize your backyard sports court as you desire within the set budget. 

At Courts and Greens, we help you plan, finance, and build the backyard sports court of your dreams!