7. SANTIAGO BERNABÉU- $550 MILLION
Currently the most expensive stadium in Spain, the Santiago Bernabéu is the home of Real Madrid and was opened in 1947. It currently seats a capacity of over 81,000 and there are plans to renovate the stadium, such as adding a roof and increasing the capacity. It has hosted some memorable games, such as the 1982 World Cup final and the 2010 Champions League final. A tremendous stadium full of rich history, the Bernabéu makes this list as the seventh most expensive football stadium in the world.
6. AVIVA STADIUM- $570 MILLION
The Aviva Stadium is located at Dublin, Ireland and is the home to both the Irish national football team and rugby team. Widely known as the most expensive stadium in Ireland , the stadium first broke ground in 2007 before officially opening three years later. It seats over 51,000 people and has been selected as one of the stadiums to host the Euro 2020. Apart from sporting events, the Aviva Stadium also hosts concerts from bands all over the world. The record attendance was the 2010 concert from Michael Bublé, which more than 95,000 people attended.
5. THE EMIRATES STADIUM- $570 MILLION
The Emirates Stadium is the second most expensive stadium in England. The massive 60,000 seater first opened in 2006 to replace Highbury as Arsenal’s home ground. Yet, for many reasons, Arsenal haven’t really enjoyed that amount of success in the Emirates Stadium when compared to their times at Highbury. It was this financial burden that led Arsenal to sell some of their best players such as Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, and Emmanuel Adebayor. The atmosphere at the stadium has also met with a lot of criticism from pundits, who compare it to a library and a theater for not generating a lot of noise to lift up the players.
4. CAPE TOWN STADIUM – $600 MILLION
Opened in 2009, the Cape Town Stadium was built for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and cost tons of money to the African nation during the peak of economic crisis. It initially had the capacity of 64,000 when it opened, and hosted eight games during the tournament. However, temporary rows of seating on either side on the top tier were replaced by events suites and clubrooms after the World Cup, which reduced the capacity to just 55,000. It is currently the home of Premier Soccer League clubs Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City, and also hosts rugby matches.
3. ESTADIO NACIONAL MANE GARRINCHA – $900 MILLION
Also known as Estádio Nacional de Brasília, this stadium is the most expensive stadium in Brazil even if it’s not the largest. Seating over 72,000 people and located in the capital city of Brasilia, the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha first opened in 1974 in honor of the Brazilian football legend Garrincha. It was then renovated in 2013 in time for the 2014 World Cup, and hosted seven games in the tournament including Brazil’s 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match. It currently serves as a home ground for Brasília FC and Legião FC.
2. WEMBLEY – $1.2 BILLION
The new Wembley Stadium broke ground in 2002 and officially opened in 2007, replacing the old Wembley Stadium which was demolished. The stadium seats a whopping 90,000 people and cost over $1.2 billion. The stadium is currently the home of England national team, and hosts major games in English football — such as the FA Cup final, the season-opening FA Community Shield, the League Cup final, the FA Cup semi-finals, the Football League Trophy, the Football League play-offs, the FA Trophy, the FA Vase and the National League play-offs. In addition, the stadium is also the home of Tottenham Hotspur for the 2017/18 season while the Premier League outfit waits for their stadium to finish building. Despite its enormous size, the new Wembley has met with a lot of criticism because it can’t offer the same type of atmosphere as the original one.
1. The MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM –
Although it is smaller than many stadiums on this list, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia is the most expensive stadium in the world by far due to its design and technology. Home to Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, as well as NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the stadium has a multi-purpose retractable roof and the world’s largest halo video board. Opened in August of 2017, it seats just over 71,000 people. So far, apart from football and American football games, the stadium has also hosted concerts and will host the AMA Supercross Championship.