Average construction costs for a pickleball court can be anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on the scale of the construction project. Whether you're a club building multiple courts or an individual building a private court in your backyard, consider your court location and project budget carefully before beginning.
Overall Costs to Build a Pickleball Court
$25,000 is a reasonable budget for pickleball court construction. Cutting corners to bring this cost down could affect the quality of your court, and spending more isn’t always necessary for the purpose of having a proper place to play pickleball.
There are a wide variety of factors that go into building a court, and some need to be prioritized over others if you’re building on a budget. For example, building a court with lighting to allow for nighttime play sounds like a fantastic idea. But professional lighting installation can cost anywhere from $5,000-$20,000, depending on the quantity and quality of the lights.
The most important factors for your budget are the location and overall size of the court (beyond the standard playing area). Building a new pickleball court from scratch in your uneven, grassy backyard will cost significantly more than refinishing a preexisting tennis court. And a 24′ wide by 48′ long court will be cheaper than a 40′ by 60′ court.
Budgeting for a Pickleball Court: What to Consider
Where you choose to build your court will make the most substantial impact on budget. Location affects both how long the project will take to finish and how much it will cost. Landscaping your uneven backyard is considerably more expensive than building in an area that’s already fairly flat.
Location and Court Size
When selecting the location for your court, you’ll want to make sure you have an area that can accommodate the official USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) court dimensions: 20′ wide by 44′ long.
However, you’ll want to have a decent amount of surface area that extends beyond the official court itself to ensure that players have space to comfortably serve and move around.
Keeping this in mind, the recommended pad area should be at least 30′ wide and 60′ long. If you want to include additional amenities like benches, paddle center stands, or ball carts, then you may choose to extend the width of your pad to about 40′. The larger the pad, the higher the construction costs will be.
Framing and Pouring Concrete
Framing and pouring the concrete for your pad will be the most expensive part of building your court. Courts with a basic 4″ to 6″ deep concrete slab will run on average $5 per square foot, so you can expect your pad to cost around $10,000.
Once the pad has been constructed, you’ll then need to finish the surface with an appropriate coating, paint the court lines, and install a net. All of these factors have a wide variety of options available, making them the greatest point of flexibility in your budget. While selecting a custom court color might be exciting, it’s going to cost you.
Selecting the right net is the most important of the finishing touches that you need to consider. Permanent net posts are desirable but are significantly more expensive than a temporary, portable net. Installing net footers when pouring the concrete for your pad is a good idea to allow your net system to be both removable for court maintenance and allow for easy replacement if the net is damaged.
Indoor vs Outdoor pickleball court budgets
The construction of indoor and outdoor pickleball courts certainly have different budgets. These differences are largely defined by how the playing surfaces are finished differently.
While outdoor courts usually have rubber or acrylic finishes to ensure grip, many indoor courts have simple wood or poured-in-place rubber flooring.
Outdoor pickleball court budgets
Outdoor pickleball court surfaces are normally considered to be more expensive due to the costs of applying multiple layers of coarse and fine rubber finishes to your post-tensioned concrete or asphalt pad. Also, outdoor courts are exposed to the elements and weather, which makes them far more in need of regular maintenance. It’s likely you’ll want to account for at least $1,000 per year for professional court resurfacing.
Indoor pickleball court budgets
Standalone court budgets for indoor courts are difficult to estimate because they are heavily influenced by the building it’s being installed in.
For example, resurfacing a basketball court in a gym to build a pickleball court will likely be far less expensive than constructing an entirely new roofed court structure on a private property.
Can You Build a Pickleball Court In Your Backyard?
While the aforementioned budget for building a new court in your backyard might feel daunting, it’s absolutely possible if you plan ahead.
If you stick to the basics and make practical choices for your court, you can likely keep your budget around $20,000 on the low end. As long as you have a flat plot of land in your backyard of 30′ by 60′, then you have the makings of your very own backyard pickleball court.
It’s always a good idea to contact local contractors who are certified by the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) to help you in the planning and building processes of your project.
SportMaster Sport Surfaces is the official partnered contractor of USA Pickleball for building and surfacing courts, making them an excellent resource for making your DIY backyard pickleball dreams come true.
How Long Does it Take to Build a Pickleball Court?
Experienced sports builders can usually complete an average pickleball court in about 4-6 weeks. However, if you want to install a lighting system and fencing, then your project will likely take even more time.
Hiring an ASBA certified contractor that knows how to build a sport court will help you keep things more predictable. Specialized contractors will be able to work with more efficiency, meaning you’ll be on the court before you know it.
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