Stadiums across the world are built for many purposes. They serve as venues for sports events, concerts, conventions, trade fairs, etc. Some stadiums are dedicated to a particular type of sports while others are built for multi-purpose use. The cost of building large stadiums with modern technological features is usually very high with some stretching to millions or billions of dollars. MetLife Stadium in the United States is the world's costliest stadium. Below is a list of some of the world’s most expensive stadiums.
1. MetLife Stadium
The construction of the MetLife Stadium cost approximately $1.6 billion USD, ranking it as the world's costliest stadium. The stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. Its construction started in 2007 and it was opened in 2010. The New York Giants and New York Jets are two NFL franchises that use the stadium as their home ground. The MetLife Stadium Company owns the stadium and is funded by Giants and Jets.
2. Yankee Stadium
The world’s second most expensive stadium is also located in the United States. It is the Yankee Stadium in Concourse, Bronx, New York City, New York State. It was built at an approximate cost of $1.5 billion USD. The Yankee Stadium is the home ground for the MLB baseball club, New York Yankees, and the MLS soccer club, New York City FC. The Yankee Stadium was opened on April 2, 2009, when it replaced the original Yankee Stadium one block to its south. The site of the former Yankee is now a public park called Heritage Field. The new stadium can seat 47,309 for baseball matches and 28,743 for football matches.
3. Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium at Olympic Park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is a multi-purpose stadium that was built in the 1970s to serve as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The construction of this stadium cost a whopping $1.47 billion USD. It is nicknamed "The Big Owe” to refer to the astronomic cost of its establishment. The Olympic Stadium is Canada’s largest stadium by seating capacity. Today, it serves as the home ground of the baseball and football teams of Montreal. Concerts, trade shows, and other special events are also held here.
4. AT&T Stadium
The world’s fourth most expensive stadium is also located in the United States. It is the AT&T Stadium of Arlington, Texas. $1.4 billion USD was spent in its construction. The AT&T Stadium’s most interesting feature is its retractable roof. The Dallas Cowboys NFL team uses it as their home ground. The construction of the stadium was completed in May 2009. The facility is also used for hosting basketball matches, concerts, rodeos, motocross, and other events.
5. Wembley Stadium
The world’s fifth most expensive stadium is located at Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom. It was built at a cost of $1.35 billion USD. With a seating capacity of 90,000, the Wembley Stadium is the United Kingdom’s largest stadium as well as Europe’s second largest stadium. Opened in 2007, it stands at the site of the former Wembley Stadium that was demolished in 2002 to 2003. Major football matches are held at the stadium. It serves as the home ground of the national football team of England.
6. Madison Square Garden
The Madison Square Garden is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York State. It is used for multiple purposes like hosting ice hockey, basketball, boxing, and wrestling matches and also for circuses, concerts, ice shows, etc. The construction of the stadium cost approximately $1.1 billion USD.
7. Nissan Stadium
The next entry on this list of the world’s most expensive stadiums is located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is the Nissan Stadium that was built at a cost of $990 million USD. It serves as the home ground of the Yokohama F. Marinos. The Nissan Stadium is also Japan’s largest stadium with a seating capacity of 72,327. FIFA World Cup and Summer Olympics football matches have also been held here.
8. Stade de France
The world’s eighth most expensive stadium is the Stade de France, the national stadium of France. It is located in the Saint-Denis commune of Paris. With a seating capacity of 78,338, the Stade de France is Europe’s eighth biggest stadium. Its construction was started in 1995 and it was opened three years later. $974 million USD was spent in building this stadium. It is used for hosting football, rugby, and track and field events.
9. Rogers Centre
The Rogers Centre located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a major Canadian stadium that was built at a cost of $930 million USD. The Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball uses it as their home stadium. The Rogers Centre remains busy all year round as it hosts many other events like concerts, conventions, traveling carnivals, trade fairs, etc. The construction of the stadium was started in 1986 and it was opened in 1989.
10. Jamsil Olympic Stadium
The Jamsil Olympic Stadium located in Seoul, South Korea, is the world’s 10th costliest stadium. $923 million USD was used to build it. The stadium’s construction started in 1977 and it was opened in 1984. The Jamsil Stadium was used as the main stadium for the 10th Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics.
The 10 Most Expensive Stadiums In The World
|Rank||Name of Stadium||Total Construction Cost (in million USD)|
|1||MetLife Stadium, USA||1,600|
|2||Yankee Stadium, USA||1,500|
|3||Olympic Stadium, Canada||1,470|
|4||AT&T Stadium, USA||1,400|
|5||Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom||1,350|
|6||Madison Square Garden, USA||1,100|
|7||Nissan Stadium, Japan||990|
|8||Stade de France, France||974|
|9||Rogers Centre, Canada||930|
|10||Jamsil Olympic Stadium, South Korea||923|
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