Have you ever imagined what the most expensive NFL stadiums are?
We often tend to sit down, enjoy the game, the intrigues surrounding it, and then the beautiful stadiums. But sometimes, we pay little or no attention to what it might cost to raise a beautiful stadium such as what we witness in the National Football League (NFL).
So, we will be looking at the most expensive NFL Stadiums right now, when they were built, their construction cost, locations, and other vital takeaways.
It doesn’t matter if you are a visitor or a local; as you sit in these stands, you will learn about true sports luxury and the teams they belong to.
Who knows, you might decide to get the thrill of the game, live, in one of these costly stadiums in the new season. With the architecture these stadiums are built with, you would enjoy your visit to any of the stadiums on our list.
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Ranking the Most Expensive NFL Stadiums
10. Lincoln Financial Field
Construction Cost: $650 Million
This Stadium serves as the ground where the home games of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL are played. Situated in the heart of the Pattison, Philadelphia, this Stadium can carry 69,176 spectators and officials.
Aside from the Philadelphia Eagles, Temple University football team also uses this ground for their home matches and other top events.
The Stadium was started in 2001 and completed two years later with the unveiling event on the 23rd of August 2003.
The Stadium’s general architecture was put up by the collaboration of two firms – Agoos Lovera Architects and NBBJ.
9. Lucas Oil Stadium
Construction Cost: $735 Million
A stadium with a seating capacity of about 70,000 and general architecture done by renowned engineering firms deserves our list.
The Lucas Oil Stadium is the home ground for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and was host to the Super Bowl (XLVI) 2012. Oil giant Lucas Oil purchased this ground’s naming right for 20 years for a whooping sum of $121 million.
Considered as a multi-purpose stadium and located in Indiana (Indianapolis), this Stadium was launched in 2008, with credits given to engineering firms such as Dierdorf, Inc., Fink Roberts & Petrie, Walter P. Moore, A2so4 Architecture, and HKS, Inc.
This Stadium is currently used by the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL for their home matches.
8. Soldier Field
Construction Cost: $802 Million
Opened in 1924, and situated in Chicago (Illinois), the Soldier Field is the oldest NFL stadium. This stadium represents the vintage luxury of football. It has a tradition of honoring more than a century of veterans from World War I to the present day. It has private suites, worthy of any massive exclusive venue.
It has a seating capacity of 61,500 and was named after the American Soldiers who lost their lives defending the United States. Currently, this ground hosts the home games for the Chicago Bears of the NFL.
If not for the services of top engineering firms such as Wood & Zapata, Inc, and Holabird & Roche, and the huge money invested in constructing The Soldier Field, guess what must have become of this NFL stadium. Your guess is as good as mine.
For this ground to be up and running to date with great architectural designs, it deserves a place on our list.
7. US Bank Stadium
Construction Cost: $1.1 Billion
Opened in 2016, this stadium is home to the Minnesota Vikings and was the 2018 Super Bowl arena. Built by HKS, Inc, the structure simulates a Viking ship’s silhouette, honoring the team that occupies the building.
With more than 66,000 thousand fans, the site impresses with its prismatic interior architecture and modern facilities.
6. Levi’s Stadium
Construction Cost: $1.3 Billion
Located in Santa Clara (California) at the bay of San Francisco, this beautiful Stadium is the home ground of the San Franciso 49ers. Before it was completed in 2014, Levi’s Strauss saw the ground’s architectural potentials and paid to hold its naming right in 2013.
Levi’s Stadium has hosted some popular sporting events like the Super bowl 50 and the Championship playoff of College football in 2019.
As an open stadium, Levi’s Stadium has a natural field (grass) with an original seating capacity of 68,500. However, this sitting capacity was extended to 82,000 in 2015. It is one of the best and technologically advanced stadiums in the United States.
In terms of design, the Stadium’s architectural design was done by a renowned engineering company, the HNTB.
5. AT&T Stadium
Construction Cost: $1.48 Billion
Still popularly referred to as the Cowboy Stadium, the AT&T Stadium is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Located in Texas (Arlington), it is one of the largest venues to enjoy NFL games with more than 100,000 fans entering each game. However, it has the capacity to seat 80,000 people.
The construction of this popular stadium was initiated in 2005 and was completed and made public in 2009. It hosted its first event (Cotton Bowl Classic) in 2010. Companies such as Blue Star Development and HKS, Inc. are notable mentions who carried out the construction of this massive Stadium.
The most exclusive venue in this stadium is in the Hall of Fame, located on the sidelines and the lowest level. This area/club has a private entrance, cushioned seating, access to prime lounges, and a direct view of the players’ field entrance.
Those in other seats in the stadium can also enjoy certain luxuries, such as the immense Jumbotron HD, the retractable roof, and the ENTIRE stadium’s temperature control to ensure that each of the spectators is comfortable during the game.
4. Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Construction Cost: $1.6 Billion
Home of the Atlanta Falcons and the 2019 Super Bowl, this construction made by HOK is the new structure of the NFL, having been inaugurated in August 2017. Its retractable roof is one of its greatest architectural attributes, which has made it one of the best stadiums in the league and the world.
From the construction cost recorded for this Stadium, it is no doubt, one of the most expensive NFL stadiums yet.
3. MetLife Stadium
Construction Cost: $1.7 Billion
If you have visited the MetLife or maybe, given it a closer look, you would probably have no difficulty determining how expensive this Stadium is.
Situated in New Jersey (Meadowlands), the MetLife is the home ground for the New York Jets and New York Giants of the NFL.
The construction of this company began in 2007 and was completed in 2010. The naming right was purchased the following year by Metlife. With a capacity as large as 82,566, enough to accommodate an enormous number of fans, the Metlife is one of the largest stadiums in the United States.
To put this Stadium at this standard, the services of notable companies such as; Rockwell Group, Bruce Mau Design, Inc., and Skanska AB were engaged.
2. Allegiant Stadium
Construction Cost: $1.9 Billion
After 25 seasons at the Oakland Colosseum, the Las Vegas Raiders will definitely be glad to play in their new domed stadium.
Located in Paradise, Nevada, this stadium’s construction began in November 2017 and was completed in July 2020, featuring a 65,000 seating capacity, expandable to 72,000.
This magnificent edifice is packed with all the latest technology and other amenities you would expect from a stadium with a $1.9 billion price tag.
1. SoFi Stadium
Construction Cost: $5.5 Billion
Taking the number one spot is Los Angeles’ very own SoFi Stadium. The home to the LA Chargers / Rams was finally opened in September 2020 after a 50-day extension because of the pandemic.
For a regular NFL game, this magnificent arena sits a little over 70,000 spectators, but for special events like the Super Bowl, the sitting capacity is capped at 100,000.
Packed with state of the art technology, this stadium’s most interesting feature is it’s larger than life 4k video board known as the Oculus. It is suspended from the roof and goes round the entire stadium weighing over 2 million pounds.