Stadiums have gone from venues were people go to watch sporting events or concerts modern architectural masterpieces with mind blowing facilities. More seats, more luxury boxes, retractable roofs and pitches, gigantic LED screens among other state of the art facilities have become a part of modern day arenas. Of course all these come at incredible costs. However, sport franchises and governments are not restrained by money, churning out billions of dollars for these grand structures
SoFi stadium which was launched in August 2020 and is set to be the home of the LA Rams and LA Chargers stands as the costliest stadium in the world with a $5.5 billion price tag. See the full list below.
1. SoFi Stadium
Construction cost – US$5.5 billion
SoFi Stadium is a stadium and entertainment complex in Inglewood, California, United States. The stadium was opened in August 2020 and serves as the home for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). The stadium seats up to 70,240 spectators for most events, with the ability to expand it with 30,000 additional seats for larger events, It features a fixed, translucent Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof—designed to cover both the stadium proper and the adjacent pedestrian plaza. The magnificient structure also fetures what is referred to as “the Oculus”—an ovular, double-sided 4K HDR video board that is suspended from the roof over the field. The structure weighs approximately 2.2 million pounds (1,000 t), and displays over 80 million pixels. It is scheduled to host WrestleMania 37 on March 28, 2021. It is also scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 and the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2023. During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the stadium is expected to host the opening and closing ceremonies, soccer, and archery.
2. Allegiant Stadium
Construction Cost – US$1.9 billion
Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium located in Paradise, Nevada, United States. It serves as the home stadium for the National Football League’s Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels college football team. The stadium is a 10 level domed stadium with a transparent ETFE roof, silver and black exterior with light up strips installed by YESCO and large retractable curtain-like side windows facing the Las Vegas Strip. The artificial turf is placed directly on the stadium’s concrete floor, and the tray holding the grass field is designed so that it can roll in and out without disrupting the turf underneath it. Construction of the stadium began on November 13, 2017, and its certificate of occupancy was issued on July 31, 2020.
3. MetLife Stadium
Construction cost – US$1.6 billion
MetLife Stadium is an American sports stadium located at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, 5 mi west of New York City. It is the home stadium of two National Football League franchises, the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The stadium is owned by the MetLife Stadium Company, a joint venture of the Giants and Jets, which privately financed the construction of the venue on land belonging to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The new stadium seating bowl is laid out similar to that of Giants Stadium and has seating for 82,500 people, including 10,005 club seats and approximately 218 luxury suites, making it the largest NFL stadium in terms of total seating.
4. Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Construction cost – US$1.5 billion
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Opened in August 2017 as a replacement for the Georgia Dome, it serves as the home stadium of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer.The stadium’s signature feature is its retractable roof, which features a “pinwheel” consisting of eight translucent, triangular panels.
5. Wembley Stadium
Construction cost – £1.1 billion/US$1.5 billion
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London opened in 2007 on the site of the original Wembley Stadium. The stadium hosts major football matches including home matches of the England national football team, and the FA Cup Final. Wembley Stadium is owned by the governing body of English football, the Football Association (the FA), through its subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL). With 90,000 seats, it is the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe. Wembley is a UEFA category four stadium, and hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals. It is also set to host seven games at UEFA Euro 2020, (including the final and both of the semi-finals).
6. Yankee Stadium
Construction cost – US$1.5 billion
Yankee Stadium is a baseball park located in Concourse, Bronx, New York City. It is the home field for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball and New York City FC of Major League Soccer. The stadium incorporates replicas of some design elements from the original Yankee Stadium, and has hosted other events, including college football games, soccer matches, two outdoor NHL games, and concerts.
7. AT&T Stadium
Construction cost – US$1.48 billion
AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium, is the home of the Dallas Cowboys (the most valuable sports franchise in the world). The stadium which has a retractable roof is located in Arlington, Texas, United States and was completed on May 27, 2009. The facility, owned by the city of Arlington, can also be used for a variety of other activities such as concerts, basketball games, soccer, college and high school football contests, rodeos and motocross and Spartan races. The stadium seats 80,000, however, the maximum capacity of the stadium with standing room is 105,000. It also has the world’s 29th largest high definition video screen, which hangs from 20-yard line to 20-yard line.
8. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Construction cost – £1 billion/US$1.33 billion
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the home of Tottenham Hotspur in north London, replacing the club’s previous stadium, White Hart Lane. With a capacity of 62,303, it is the third-largest stadium in England and the largest club stadium in London. It is designed to be a multi-purpose stadium and features the world’s first dividing, retractable football pitch, which reveals a synthetic turf pitch underneath for NFL London Games, concerts and other events.
9. Singapore National Stadium
Construction cost – S$1.87 billion/US$1.31 billion
The Singapore National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Kallang, Singapore. It was completed in late 2013 and officially opened on 30 June 2014, on the site of the former National Stadium. The 55,000 capacity stadium features the world’s largest retractable domed roof and the configurable seating on the lowest spectator tier to make it the only stadium in the world that is custom-designed to host different sporting events at any given time. It hosted the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, and is also one of the alternating venues of the Basic Military Training graduation parade for the Singapore Armed Forces recruits since September 2015.
10. Krestovsky Stadium
Construction cost – US$1.1 billion
Krestovsky Stadium, known as Gazprom Arena for sponsorship reasons, and Saint Petersburg Stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cupand 2018 FIFA World Cup, is a retractable roof stadium with a retractable pitch in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is the home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. Depending on the event, the stadium has a maximum capacity of 80,000 (for concerts), and also offers 560 seats for people with disabilities, 266 of them are for wheelchair users. The stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup.