Outdoor Sports Courts

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Outdoor Basketball Courts

Read about what goes into the installation cost of an outdoor basketball court.

Outdoor Volleyball Courts

Learn how much it costs to build an outdoor volleyball court in your state. 

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Outdoor Badminton Courts

Find out what influences the price tag of an outdoor badminton court construction project.

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outdoor sports court project

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Multi-Sport Courts

Read about important cost and design considerations regarding the installation of a multi-sport court. 

Modular Tile Sport Courts

Modular sport court tiles are becoming more and more popular thanks to their ease of installation and adaptability.

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Mini Soccer Fields

Read about the cost of installing a mini soccer field with LED sports lighting for your sports facility or community.

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Grants and Funding

Find out what kind of grant and funding programs there are available for outdoor sports court installation projects. You can also take a look at our sports facility grants database to find grants in your home state.

Project Planning

Planning early and meticulously will go a long way in completing your outdoor sports court project successfully. Learn about the construction process and important considerations during the project. 

FAQ: Outdoor Sports Courts

Welcome to our FAQ section on Outdoor Sports Court Installation! Here, you’ll find answers to common questions about designing, constructing, and maintaining outdoor sports courts.

Different types of sports surfaces have their own specifications. One important distinction to note is between water-permeable and water-impermeable synthetic surfaces. A synthetic running track for professional competitions must meet different requirements than a multifunctional playing surface used in the open space. In addition, the duration of use of the sports facility and the main sport play a decisive role in the choice of sports floor surface.

Outdoor sports surfaces can be categorized from “A” to “F.. Types A, B and C are water permeable, while Types D, E and F  are water impermeable. A-C surfaces are less expensive, less durable, and more suitable for training facilities and municipal sports fields. 

Under average amounts of use and exposure to the elements, outdoor sports surfaces should last for 6- 9 years. 

Impermeable surfaces (Type D-F) can withstand a higher frequency of use and are largely resistant to weather and external forces. These surfaces are therefore suitable for multi-sport courts at municipal facilities, as well as for equipping a stadium or high-performance training center.

Facility managers have to start by determining at what level, intensity and frequency sports will be played, and which sports. They need to make this clear to the planners at an early stage. All decisions flow from this initial information, including which surface will best suit the facility’s needs.  Most vendors offer a wide range of floors, from single sport to multipurpose, and can offer useful guidance in the process.

The cost depends on several factors such as the thickness of the surface, material, color, product quality and manufacturer, as well as regional price differences and the corresponding construction method. Typically the cost of outdoor sports flooring ranges from $4 to $15 per square meter surface and the lining. Additionally, new construction incurs further costs for site equipment, drainage, base layers and edging. Planning services must also be included in the calculation. 

The following shows the price ranges for some of the common outdoor surfaces:

  • Paved in place polyurethane mat system: $2,20 – $4,20 per square foot
  • Basemat structural spray system with impermeable seal laye: $5,20 – $8,30 per square foot
  • Full-pour polyurethane construction, textured and impermeable: $8,20 – $15,10 per square foot
Renovating outdoor sports courts

When renovating a tartan track, there are additional costs for removing and disposing of the surface and base layer. Drainage and edging will also be significant drivers of the final cost.

When rehabilitating athletics facilities, basketball courts and multi-courts sometimes the existing base layer can be reused.

Specialized contractors, architects and sports floor inspectors can advise the facility operator and make an appropriate recommendation regarding the continued use of the substructure.

The costs of court surfaces for outdoor sports facilities can be calculated via the Outdoor Sports Flooring Cost Calculator by entering the dimensions and selecting the floor type. The cost will depend on the intended use, product quality and requirements of the  surface.  After receiving your quote from the calculator, you’ll be able to gauge the estimates from vendors and contractors and make smarter comparisons between prices and options. It is always recommended to request quotes from several manufacturers as prices fluctuate regionally.

Specialists in the industry will be able to provide the details around costs, timelines and processes involved with your project, as well as useful tips to ensure success while staying within your budget.

Many sports facilities will be able to apply for grants from foundations or community groups that promote sport, fitness or recreation.The amount and type of funding varies depending on the foundation, the type of sport and the sports facility project. 

As a first step, sports facility operators should research each outlet’s selection criteria and application and approval processes.  After seeing what they are eligible for, they should schedule their application processes in tandem with the timeline for construction and payment due on the facilities themselves. Obviously, the facility managers need a plan for how they will cover costs if the grant applications are rejected.

Facility owners and municipalities must determine how much of their own funds they can put up for the project, how much they can raise through donations and sponsorships and whether they will have to take out a loan to see the project through. Member contributions and fundraisers are another source of money, but often in smaller amounts.

In recent years, crowdfunding has become an integral part of numerous sports facility projects. There are now platforms that specialize in sports and sports facility projects. They can even help prepare and manage the corresponding campaigns and support the clubs using the platform.

Check out our sports facility financing and funding section for more information.

Outdoor sports floors must be cleaned regularly and swept free of  leaves and dirt. Especially in damp and shady areas, moss and other growth can quickly form. Once this happens, it can only be removed with special cleaning machines. Regular cleaning with a leaf blower and a high-pressure cleaner is usually sufficient to maintain the surface’s functionality. In addition, intensive care with the appropriate maintenance equipment should be carried out annually by a specialist company.

Numerous builders and contractors  offer high-quality outdoor sports surfaces. Take the time to look at projects they have already completed and ask your counterparts at those facilities about their overall experience and their specific interactions with each contractor. Visit the sites as much possible, and exchange notes at every turn.

At the beginning of the project, the use concept of the facility should be defined and thus the choice of playing surface determined accordingly. A detailed cost calculation and a comparison of different suppliers are essential to get a picture of the product and market situation.

Likewise, all parties and stakeholders in the sports facility project should be informed and involved at an early stage. This can include local politicians, the neighboring school, residents and clubs in the city.

These are just some of the most frequently asked questions, but you probably have others. Ask us, and on the off chance we don’t know the answer, we promise that we know someone who does!

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