Do you want to start a basketball facility and you want to know the cost? If YES, here is an estimated cost breakdown to build & open an indoor basketball court. In basketball, the basketball court is the playing surface and it consists of a rectangular floor with baskets at each end.

In professional or organized basketball, the floor is usually made out of a wood, often maple, highly polished and complete with a 10 – foot rim. Outdoor surfaces are generally made from standard paving materials such as concrete or asphalt. If you are a civil engineer, then you can consider specializing in the construction and maintenance of basketball courts.

There are schools, clubs, and even individuals who would like to build their own basketball courts but they don’t know how to go about it especially as it relates to the cost implication. Also, there are basketball enthusiasts that will make up their mind to build their own private basketball court in their compound if they know that it is something that won’t cost them a fortune.

Types of Indoor Basketball Court and Their Cost

If you are considering building an indoor basketball court, the first factor that you should consider before calculating the cost is if you are going to be constructing a Half-court or Full-court Dimension indoor basketball court.

NBA full-court and half-court dimensions are the largest and most expensive to construct because the cost per square foot is on the high side. If you are operating on a low budget, you might want to opt for half-court especially a 3-on-3 court. Here are the different full-court and half-court dimensions:

  • A full-court in NBA measures 97’ by 50’.
  • A full-court in High School measures 84’ by 50’.
  • In Junior High, a full-court measures 74’ by 42’.
  • A half-court in NBA measures 47’ by 50’.
  • The standard dimension for a High School’s Basketball court is 42’ by 50’.
  • Junior High’s Basketball court measures 37’ by 42’.
  • A 3-on-3 court measures 30’ by 30’.

Please note that the budget may differ especially when factors such as location comes into play. An indoor basketball court that is constructed from scratch differs from a court that’s being constructed in the basement. So also, if you are going to be converting a room in your facility into a basketball court, the price will be pretty low and that might cost you less than $10,000.

The Cost Breakdown for Constructing an Indoor Basketball Court

HomeAdvisor categorically states that constructing an indoor basketball court might cost you around $10,000 on the low end and $46,000 on the high end. But they also point out that, it will greatly depend on the start-up that you currently have. If you have an interior space that needs some renovations before a court is constructed, it may be quite expensive for you, but not as expensive as when you are constructing a housing space for the court.

Courts that have either the NBA or NCAA standards are the most expensive to construct especially when you are starting from the scratch. A full NBA-standard court will cost you $46,000 to construct it. A half-court will cost you $23,000.

As the court’s dimensions decrease, so does the total price. That’s quite clear because putting up a court with high school dimensions will cost you $43,000 for a full-court and $21,000 for a half-court. A 3-on-3 basketball court costs about $9000. An indoor junior high full basketball court will cost about $31,000 and a half-court will cost around $15,500.

We are quite aware that the whole budget for the construction of an indoor basketball court is not restricted to only construction materials but it is extended to the cost of professional labor, while the other percentage is used in construction materials. Here are some of the estimates in high and low-end budgets of flooring, hoop installation, and labor.

  • The cost of flooring on a low-budget is $3,300. On a high-budget, the flooring cost is $29,000.
  • Hoop installation is $300 when you are building on a low-budget. Comparatively, a hoop installation will cost you $1,600 on a high budget.
  • Labor and materials will cost you $13,000 on the low-end and $46,000 on the high-end.

Different Types of Materials Used in the Construction of Indoor Basketball Court and The Cost Per Square Meter

When building a basketball court, you have to choose materials that are friendly to your budget. Maple hardwood, laminate floors, and cement slabs are some of the materials which are used in constructing a court’s floor. The cost of installation, labor and maintenance for these materials differ. Durability is also a factor to put into consideration.

1. The Cost of In-door Cement Slabs is About $6 per Square Foot

When it comes to constructing a low budget indoor basketball court, opting for a cement slab is the way to go because it is quite affordable. However, you must give it an epoxy finishing for a smoother surface. If you are constructing your court on a small space, expect to pay around $2,500. Averagely, it may cost you $6 per square foot. This is considered to be the cheapest option of flooring because maintenance costs are also low.

2. The Cost for Laminating the Floor is About $4 to $6 per Square Foot

When it comes to the flooring of an indoor basketball court, the cheapest option to follow especially if you want to cut cost is to laminate the floor. Aside from the fact that it is cheaper to make use of laminated floor, maintaining this material is easy.

For about $4-$6 per square foot, you can get this material installed in your indoor basketball court. Constructing a full-court ranges from $14,000-46,000. Clearly, the full-court cost is a mere fraction of constructing a maple hardwood floor.

3. The Cost for Installing Maple Hardwood Courts is About $4 to $8 per Square Foot

If you have the money and you want a pretty good looking indoor basketball court, then you should settle for maple hardwood floor. A maple hardwood court will give you a warm environment and costs about $4-$8 per square foot. Installation of this material requires professional services, which will cost you about $4-$6 per square foot.

No doubt, purchasing and installing maple hardwood is quite expensive compared to other materials. So also, maintaining a maple hardwood court is also as costly as installing it.

4. Other Cost

Aside from the fact that you can have your indoor basketball court up and ready to use, there are other expenses you would have to consider to bring up the indoor court up to standard. Installing an HVAC system is part of the additional cost and it may cost you up to $1,000 or more depending on what you want.

The advantage of installing HVAC system in your indoor basketball court is that it will help you prevent masks of dust from accumulating in your court. Another expense you would want to consider is the cost of installing standard lightening. This is necessary because if an indoor basketball court is not properly lighted, it won’t be ideal to play basketball. Purchasing and install high-quality lights will cost you nothing less than $200.

In Conclusion,

Please note that this is a rough estimate and we usually advise our readers who are interested in constructing an indoor basketball court to go to the market or directly contact wholesalers and suppliers of the major materials they would need in order to get the real time prices of these items. The truth is that if you are a good bargainer, you can get a better deal that will help you beat down the estimated price as listed above.

Solomon. O'Chucks