What Is a Basketball Court Made Of?

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Hardwood college and professional basketball court surfaces are constructed from hard maple. The courts are typically purchased from an MFMA-certified manufacturer or distributor that meets industry specifications to ensure the highest quality performance.

The wood's tightly-packed grains make it the preferred material in yielding an ultra-smooth surface for consistent bounce. Due to its smoothness, hard maple is also resistant to dirt and grime buildup, resulting in lower maintenance needs. Studies have indicated that athletes are 70 percent more likely to sustain an injury on synthetic floors as opposed to hard maple, with the sub-flooring beneath the hardwood designed to provide shock absorbency.