When we talk about sports, people think of the athletes, the coaches, the rules, and things of that sort. The last thing a lot of fans think about is where these games are being played. Yes, we have millionaires taking their talents to the pitch or the court every day and night, but what many folks don’t realize is that in order for those players to be there, someone had to shell out a lot of cash. And no, we are not talking about the salaries the players are earning. We are talking about the actual ground they are playing on.
Stadiums and arenas are some of the most expensive buildings in the world, and a lot of them are works of art. Given their complexity and the number of people they are supposed to hold, these arenas cost a ridiculous amount of money. To give you an idea, we found the 10 most valuable sports arenas in the world.
10 Mané Garrincha - $900 Million
The first arena on our list is named after one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Mané Garrincha. A two-time World Cup winner, Garrincha is considered by many the greatest dribbler of all time. Because of that resume, Brazil decided to honor one of their biggest heroes and name the National Stadium after him.
The Stadium is located in the capital, Brasília. It was built back in 1974, but it was renovated in 2013 for the World Cup. That renovation brought its value up through the roof as the construction cost for finishing the Stadium came up to around $900 million.
9 Globe Life Field - $1.1 Billion
From the capital of Brazil to Arlington, Texas, the next stadium on our list is the Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers. Breaking ground in September 2017, this stadium cost a ridiculous $1.1 billion to make. It has the capacity to host 40,000 fans and is the place where the Rangers are hoping to be able to finally win a World Series.
It has been a long time coming, but maybe this is finally the time for the Rangers to conquer the MLB, and if that is the case, there would be no better home turf to achieve that at than the beauty they built in Arlington.
8 Krestovsky Stadium - $1.1 Billion
From America’s pass-time to one sport American men just don’t seem to be able to make noise at a worldwide level. This time, we are going all the way to the Russian capital, St. Petersburg. There, the Russians built one of the most technological and beautiful stadiums in the world. With the astounding price tag of $1.1 billion, the Krestovsky Stadium was one of the best stadiums used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
While not hosting games for national team competitions, it is used by the capital city’s top football club, FC Zenit St. Petersburg. It has a total capacity of 80,000 people.
7 U.S. Bank Stadium - $1.1 Billion
Now, from world football, we go back to American football, as we talk about the home of the Minnesota Vikings. U.S. Bank Stadium was opened in 2016 and is one of the best stadiums in the NFL. Without a doubt one of the best home-field advantages since the Vikings have a great record playing at home, this stadium was built not only to support the cold of Minnesota but also to house quite a lot of people as it has a maximum capacity of 73,000 people.
The price tag to construct this beauty was also around $1.1 billion. Now, fans will just have to hope and see if this will be the lucky charm needed to bring the Vikings their first title since 1969.
6 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - $1.3 Billion
After a pair of $1.1 billion stadiums, it is time to raise the bar a little more and talk about a $1.33 billion stadium. Located in London, the aptly named Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the home of British soccer team Tottenham Hotspur. Perhaps the newest Stadium on this list, this beauty of engineering was opened in April 2019.
Playing here, Tottenham had what was arguably one of the best seasons in the club’s history as they went all the way to the UEFA Champions League final, only to lose to Liverpool. Nevertheless, it seems like the stadium is good luck and should house some of the greatest memories these fans will cherish.
5 Cowboys Stadium - $1.3 Billion
If there is one thing you never want to do, it is to disappoint one of the most passionate fan bases in sports. Dallas Cowboys’ fans are famous all around the world because of how passionate they are for their team. They are hated all across America because of their many rivalries, but no one can deny that Cowboy Nation is a real thing.
That being said, they needed a true home, a true home that became a reality in 2009 when they opened Cowboys Stadium. A $1.3 billion stadium now named the AT&T Stadium, the home of the Cowboys can house up to 105,000 people.
4 Yankee Stadium - $1.5 Billion
From Texas to New York, our next entry is arguably one of the most famous sports venues in the world. Opened in April 2009, Yankee Stadium is without a doubt a worthy home for one of the most historic franchises in sports. Rival fans might hate on them as much as they want, but it is undeniable that the Yankees are the most historic franchise in baseball.
In total, the New York Yankees have a ridiculous 27 World Series titles to their name. It is only fair that they get a ridiculously expensive stadium to play at every night. How expensive? $1.5 billion.
3 Wembley Stadium - $1.5 Billion
Tied with Yankee Stadium at a value of $1.5 billion, we have the stadium that is called by some “the home of football.” And no, we are not talking about American football, we are talking about the football the rest of the world plays.
All jokes aside, Wembley Stadium is the one stadium in the world every soccer player wants to play at. It has the capacity to host up to 90,000 people and is used for all sorts of sports, not only soccer. They have rugby matches there, boxing, American football, and even concerts.
It truly is a Mecca of entertainment and was worth every penny of those $1.5 billion.
2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium - $1.6 Billion
Maybe unexpected by some people, but not at all to those who pay attention to the growth that has been happening in that city, the home of the second most valuable sports arena in the world is Atlanta. It took three years to get it done, but it was well worth it as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium became one of the best venues in the world for anyone who wants to enjoy a good game of football or even a good game of soccer. That is because both the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and the Atlanta United FC of the MLS play in this $1.6 billion Stadium.
1 MetLife Stadium - $1.7 billion
The number one place in our list goes to the Stadium that houses both New York football teams but is actually located across the river, in New Jersey. The MetLife Stadium, where both the New York Giants and the New York Jets play in, cost an astounding $1.7 billion to be finished.
It opened in 2010 and has been the home of several notable events. Of course, there were the countless NFL games the Giants and Jets played, but the stadium was also the home of Super Bowl XLVIII. In other sports, this juggernaut that can hold 82,550 people hosted major events like international soccer games, WrestleMania, and Monster Jam.