How big is a handball court compared to a basketball court?

Handball Court Dimensions: 40 m x 20 m
International Basketball Court Dimensions: 28 m x 15 m
U.S. Basketball Court Dimensions: 28.7 m x 15.2 m (94 ft x 50 ft)

A handball court is 6 meters longer at each end and 2.5 meters wider on each side. As a result of this difference, wing players in handball travel significantly greater distances than basketball players while other handball positions match more closely to basketball offense to defense transitions.

International Basketball court superimposed on a handball court

Also, note how the 6 meter arc abuts perfectly with the baseline of an international court. Whereas, with U.S. basketball court dimensions it’s off by roughly 1 foot on each baseline. It has been speculated that the international basketball court length was adjusted to fit evenly with the 6 meter lines to avoid extra lines on multi-use courts.

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