The Most Expensive Sports Stadiums Ever Built
There’s nothing quite like going to a live game. The roaring of thousands upon thousands of fans, the gigantic Jumbotron screens, and the comforting and familiar game-day cuisine all combine to create a unique and unforgettable experience.
Of course, that experience comes at a cost. From ticket sales to food, drinks, and merchandise sales, these stadiums can create a significant amount of revenue for a sports franchise as well as the entire area surrounding the stadium. For that reason, team owners and taxpayers combine their funds to create marvelous arenas that are some of the most fascinating feats of engineering around the globe.
In this article, we’re going to show off the most expensive stadiums ever built around the world and talk about some of the unique and luxurious features they have to offer.
U.S. Bank Stadium
First on our list is U.S. Bank Stadium located in Minneapolis. This arena is home to the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and cost just under $1.1 billion by the time it was finished in 2016. $348 million came from the state of Minnesota, $150 Million from the city of Minneapolis, and $551 million from the Vikings and other private contributions.
The arena offers and incredible aesthetic with 60% of its roof being transparent. The stadium has a capacity of 63,860 for most events but can be expanded to up to 73,000 for concerts, soccer games, and other events. It was also the host of Super Bowl LII which was won by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.
For our next entry on the list, we need to go all the way to Saint Petersburg’s Krestovsky Island. This Russian stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup after some delays due to contract and payment disputes. The total estimated construction cost amounts to $1.1 billion.
The stadium features a “spaceship” architectural design with a large retractable roof modeled after Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan. The stadium boasts a capacity of 67,800 spectators which can be expanded to 80,000 for concerts.
Formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, the AT&T Stadium stands as one of the most expensive and luxurious sports arenas ever constructed. It’s 80,000 spectator capacity makes it the 4th largest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity.
After it finished construction in 2009, it was also awarded the Guinness Book of World Records record for the largest high-definition video screen. The screen in question hangs at the 20-yard line and measures a staggering 60 yards itself!
The stadium’s final construction costs rose from an original estimate of $650 million to about $1.15 billion.
Next on our list is the world-renowned Yankee Stadium where some of baseball’s greatest moments have taken place. This $1.5 billion stadium ($1.2 billion of which came from public subsidies) was designed to include elements of the original 1923 stadium. One notable example is the white frieze which lined the roof of the original stadium. Additionally, a manually operated scoreboard is featured on each side of the field just like in the original design.
The field also includes a number of luxuries and amenities such as the 1,100 HD monitors, a 59 x 101 ft center field scoreboard, the New York Yankees Museum, and even a Hard Rock Cafe which is located within the park.
Home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia replaced the Georgia Dome in 2017. The stadium’s design features a retractable roof that is made up of 8 triangular translucent panels arranged to resemble a pinwheel. While one of the most impressive feats of engineering ever seen in a sports stadium, this design caused three delays to the stadium’s original opening date.
The stadium features an impressive contemporary art collection with over 180 commissioned works both inside and outside the facility. One of those works is the Atlanta Falcon, the largest free-standing bird sculpture in the world measuring 41 feet high with an impressive 70-foot wingspan.
Overall the stadium is estimated to have cost about $1.6 Billion dollars by the time it was finished.
The final entry on our list is Allegiant Stadium, the future home of the Las Vegas Raiders. The stadium broke ground in 2017 and is projected to open this year. With a proposed budget of $2.3 Billion, it’s easily the most expensive stadium on our list.
The stadium is a 10-leveled dome with a clear polymer roof. It will have a silver and black exterior that features a retractable side window which will provide a view of the Las Vegas Strip. The stadium will also feature a large torch on one end which will host a flame in honor of the late Raiders owner Al Davis. Once completed, this 85-foot tall torch will be the largest 3D-printed object in the world.
There are far too many expensive stadiums around the globe to talk about each of them here. London’s Wembley Stadium, Australia’s Perth Stadium, and Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers all cost north of $1 Billion and feature some impressive architecture.
We hope you enjoyed this list featuring some of the world’s most expensive sports venues and of course, if you can’t make it to the game live, you’ll always find it right here at Public Bar Live. Our facility might not have cost a billion dollars, but we’ll give you an unforgettable game-day experience no less!
Next is MetLife Stadium, the proud home of both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The architects who designed it were faced with an interesting challenge – they needed to create a venue that captured the spirit of both teams without favoring one or the other. Interestingly, it takes two four-man crews approximately 18 hours to redecorate the field each time the field switches home teams. Unlike the majority of NFL fields, the NFL logo is painted at the 50-yard line instead of a team logo in order to further shorten this transition time.
The stadium is roofless and has seating for 82,500 spectators making it the largest stadium in the NFL by number of seating.