Ball Court
Ball Court
Introduced in C4bts
Unique Building for Maya Empire (Replaces Colosseum)
Cost[1]80 Hammer
Happy+3 Happiness
Special Abilities
  • +1 Happiness per 20% Culture Rate
  • Double production speed for Creative leaders



"The Mesoamerican "Ball Game" (no native name has ever surfaced for the sport) originated in Southern Mexico, roughly two thousand years before the Common Era. By the time of the arrival of the Spanish, the game had become popular throughout Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, drawing crowds from both the upper echelons of society and the masses.

While much of the game is still not understood, what is known is that two teams of two to four players each took to the field with the goal of keeping a small, rubber ball in the air by bouncing it off arms, hips and thighs. How the winner was decided is not known, but we do know that the losers often became the next sacrifice to the gods.

The Ball Court held a deep religious significance for the Maya. Mayan Kings would often reenact a famous game between the God of the Underworld and the Heroes from the Popol Vuh, a Mayan sacred text. The King's victory on the Ball Court was said to be an omen of the continued survival of his city."


"Build the Ball Court, the Mayan replacement for the Colosseum, to provide cities with three happiness instead of one."

Difference from Colosseum

It gives +3 Happiness, instead of Colosseum's +1.


In the city screen press the following icon to start Ball Court construction:

Game versionButton
C4btsIcoBall Court

See also

List of City Buildings


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 53 Hammer, Epic: 120 Hammer, Marathon: 240 Hammer.