The 10 Most Expensive Stadiums In Sports
Some of the most elaborate and impressive architecture in the nation belongs to sports stadiums, however with great architecture and huge seating capacities comes a large price tag. Here’s a look at the top ten most expensive stadiums in the U.S., each with a price tag of one billion dollars or more.
10. Barclays Center, $1 billion
The Barclays Center is home to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders. It broke ground on March 11, 2010 and opened on September 28, 2012, costing $1 billion. It has hosted massive musical acts for sold out shows and has a seating capacity of 17,732 for basketball and 15,795 for hockey. With it’s elaborate oculus roof, a rooftop green space and a large interior screen, Barclays turned out to be an impressive and recognizable Brooklyn landmark.
9. U.S. Bank Stadium, $1.1 billion
Located in Minneapolis, the US Bank Stadium broke ground on December 3, 2013 and opened on July 22, 2016, costing $1.1 billion. The stadium has a seating capacity of 66,655 and is home to the Minnesota Vikings. It will host the Super Bowl LII in 2018 and the NCAA Final Four tournament in 2019. With incredible architecture, 60 percent of the stadium’s roof is transparent, being the largest transparent roof in the nation. There are also five 95-feet high pivoting glass doors that open to a three acre plaza and an amazing view of the Minneapolis skyline.
8. Madison Square Garden, $1.1 billion
“The World’s Most Famous Arena” located in Manhattan, Madison Square Garden is home to the New York Knicks, the New York Liberty and the New York Rangers. It underwent $1.1 billion renovations from 2011-2013, including more seating, new lightning and video systems and suspended walkways where fans can look down directly at the game below. It originally opened in 1968 and is oldest sports stadium in New York.
7. AT&T Stadium, $1.15 billion
The AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys. Spanning three million square feet with a 100,000 seating capacity and retractable roof, the stadium cost $1.15 billion. It is the fifth largest stadium in the NFL. It broke ground on September 20, 2005 and officially opened on May 27, 2009. The stadium has a large HD video screen hanging the length between the two 20 yard lines. The AT&T Stadium has been home to number of large events, including the 2011 Super Bowl and the 2010 NBA All-Star game.
6. Levi’s Stadium, $1.2 billion
Located in Santa Clara, CA, the Levi’s Stadium is home to the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium broke ground on April 19, 2012 and opened on July 17, 2014, and has a seating capacity of 75,000. It cost $1.2 billion to make. Levi’s Stadium hosted the 2016 Super Bowl and has held the Pac-12 Football Championship game since 2014. It is an open stadium with the largest lower bowl in the NFL. It’s also an environmental sustainable stadium with a green roof a top the suite tower with solar panels.
5. Yankee Stadium, $1.5 billion
This version of Yankee Stadium replaced the original stadium in 2009 and is home to the New York Yankees and NYC FC of the MLS. It cost $1.5 billion to make and holds similar design to the original stadium. It has a beautiful limestone exterior and over 2,000 photographs of the Yankees lining the interior walls. It also has the “Great Hall,” a large concourse with high ceilings and large banners of present and past Yankee stars. It is able to host other events such as college football, soccer and concerts.
4. MetLife Stadium, $1.6 billion
Located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the MetLife Stadium is home to two NFL teams, the New York Jets and the New York Giants. It broke ground on September 5, 2007 and opened on April 10, 2010, and cost $1.6 billion to build. It has a 90,000 seating capacity and hosts 20 NFL games a season, more than any other stadium.
3. Atlanta Falcons Mercedes Benz Stadium, $1.6 billion
The elaborate Mercedes Benz Stadium stadium will be home to the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta United FC. It broke ground May 19, 2014 and seats up to 83,000 fans. It has an elaborate eight-panel pinwheel roof that is retractable, and a 360 degree halo board around the opening of the roof. The opening date has been delayed a few times due to the complicated structure as costs have risen to $1.6 billion, but the stadium is scheduled to open on August 26, 2017. It will be the host of the 2019 Super Bowl and 2020 NCAA Final Four. (Read more about the stadium here!)
2. Las Vegas Raiders Stadium, $2.4 billion
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This stadium will be home to the Las Vegas Raiders and UNLV’s Rebels. It is scheduled to be completed for the 2019-2020 season. It has a 72,000 seating capacity and an intricate design. It will have a glass-domed roof and retractable, curtain-like windows that give view to the Strip. Its estimated cost is $2.4 billion, making it one of the most expensive stadiums ever.
1. Los Angeles Stadium, $2.66 billion
Home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, the LA Stadium broke ground November 17, 2016 and plans to open for the 2019-2020 season. It has an 80,000 seating capacity for football games and up to 100,000 seats for concerts. It will play host to a number of large events, including the 2028 Summer Olympics. It’s intricate design includes a 36 panel canopy roof with 20 million holes in it, giving stadium a breathable unique feeling and a $2.66 billion price tag.