|Year Opened||Home Teams||Total Cost|
1. SoFi Stadium ($4.9 Billion)
Easily taking the top spot on our list of the most expensive stadiums in the United States is SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. SoFi will be home to numerous teams/events including the LA Rams, LA Chargers, LA Bowl, Super Bowl LVI, 2023 College Football National Championship, 2026 World Cup, and the 2028 Summer Olympics. As of this writing, the stadium is still under construction but it will be completed this summer. The key feature of this stadium is “the Oculus” 4K video board that is suspended from the roof and goes in a complete oval around the stadium and weighs over 2 million pounds with 80 million pixels. According to the stadium CTO, this will be the first stadium with end-to-end 4k video. Another reason for this huge price is also the numerous amount of development around the stadium which includes the Hollywood Park Entertainment Complex which is a master-planned neighborhood with office space, condos, and parks. This is easily the biggest and most bold stadium project that has ever been completed in the United States.
2. Allegiant Stadium ($1.9 Billion)
Another stadium opening this year that comes in near the top of our list is Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada which will host the Las Vegas Raiders and the UNLV Rebels football team. When the Raiders struggled to get a new stadium built in Oakland they learned Las Vegas would be willing to get a stadium done and here we are today. The stadium costs have reached near $2 billion dollars and will also be the new host of the Pac-12 Football championship and the Las Vegas Bowl. The stadium is also planned to host numerous events such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, WrestleMania, and possibly host a new MLS expansion team. The stadium is primarily black and will feature a roll-in grass feature that is also used at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The key features of this stadium include its retractable windows that show off the Las Vegas Strip and includes a flame to honor Al Davis. This torch will soon become the largest 3D printed object in the world. This stadium will be one of the best in the world when it’s completed.
3. MetLife Stadium ($1.7 Billion)
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey cost $1.7 billion to complete and plays host to the New York Giants and New York Jets. The stadium has also hosted numerous events such as the Super Bowl, WrestleMania, International soccer, and some of the biggest concerts in the world. At the time of its construction, this was the most expensive stadium ever build, and it was privately funded by the Jets, Giants, and MetLife Stadium Company. Due to being one of the few new stadiums without a roof, there is no overhanging scoreboard but MetLife Stadium does include four extra-large displays on each corner of the field. The stadium is almost 10 years old as of this writing but it’s still is one of the best properties in the NFL and the world.
4. Mercedes-Benz Stadium ($1.6 Billion)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that was opened in 2017 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The stadium was built near the Georgia Dome and plays host to the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United FC. Constriction is estimated to have cost $1.6 billion dollars even though the first projections were near $700 million. The key part of the stadium is its unique retractable roof that features a pinwheel with eight triangular panels. These panels are designed to look like bird wings when they are opened, because of the falcons. Besides home Falcons and Atlanta United games, the stadium has also hosts the Peach Bowl, Celebration Bowl, Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, SEC Championship, and many other events such as the Super Bowl and Final Four. This is the second stadium in the NFL that holds a Mercedes sponsorship and sales of this sponsorship is said to have cost near $900 million, much more than the $324 million for the Superdome in New Orleans.
5. Yankee Stadium ($1.5 Billion)
The first non-NFL stadium making our list is Yankee Stadium in New York City which cost $1.5 billion dollars to complete and opened in 2009. The stadium replaced the original Yankee Stadium and has been replicated a lot of the previous architecture but upgraded it with modern tools so that they could host more events. Not only does the stadium host the Yankees, but it is also home to New York City FC and has hosted the Pinstripe Bowl since 2010. One of the key features of the park is Monument Park in center field which houses plaques and monuments for key members of the Yankees organization over their long history. The stadium is host to tons of history and is one of the main draws of this new modern take on Yankee Stadium. The $1.5 billion price tag makes it the most expensive baseball stadium ever built.
6. AT&T Stadium ($1.48 Billion)
At the time of its opening AT&T Stadium was probably known as the biggest and boldest sports stadium in the world. It opened in 2009 and finished with a cost of $1.48 billion dollars. The stadium is most known for hosting the Dallas Cowboys, but it has also hosted the NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and many other large scale events. It is also one of the largest pro stadiums holding 105,000 people for the opening Dallas Cowboys game and was home to the largest attended NBA all-star game which was in 2010 with 108,713 people. At the time of completion, it also was the host of the largest HDTV screen in the world which was hung across the middle of the field. It is also said that the stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia. Despite being a bit older than some of the newer stadiums AT&T stadium still holds its own thanks to continuous investment from owner Jerry Jones.
7. Levi’s Stadium ($1.3 Billion)
Levi’s Stadium is a $1.3 billion dollar stadium built in Santa Clara, California that is the host of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium has also hosted the Pac-12 Championship football game and is the host of the annual Redbox Bowl. The stadium was opened in 2014 but given the scale of the project in California, it wasn’t an easy road. It is also very far away from the old 49ers stadium site at Candlestick Point in San Francisco. The outdoor stadium with no roof doesn’t have key recognizable features and it is also “small” compared to some of the new stadiums being constructed only holding 68,500 people on average but is expandable to 75,000. Despite being outdoors it has still held some major events including WrestleMania 31, Super Bowl 50, and the 2015 NHL stadium series. Levi’s stadium may not have the “flare” as some other stadiums but it still one of the best the country has to offer.
8. U.S. Bank Stadium ($1.1 Billion)
U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota plays host to the Minnesota Vikings and cost $1.1 billion dollars in 2016. Minnesota may not be the place you think you will see a stadium of this magnitude but here we are and it’s exterior is one of the most unique you will ever see. The stadium is built with a complete translucent roof and wall panels which gives fans a view of the Minneapolis skyline and features the world’s five largest pivoting doors. Because of the stadium being indoors it has been able to bring the Final Four, Super Bowl, and X Games to Minnesota, which wouldn’t have happened previously. It has also been designed to potentially host an expansion MLS team and is expected to be a host site for the 2026 World Cup. It is one of the biggest publicly funded projects every completed in Minnesota.
9. Globe Life Field ($1.1 Billion)
Despite the Texas Rangers old stadium not being very old, due to issues with heat and lack of attendance in the summer months they decided to construct a new $1.1 billion dollar stadium project next door. The stadium is within walking distance of the Cowboys stadium, which is another $1+ billion-dollar project. The stadium had been scheduled to host its first even in March of 2020 but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this date has been delayed. Due to the young age of the previous project, there have been many complaints because of the use of public funds. The stadium features a fully retractable roof and the project includes a Loews Hotel, a shopping mall, and a ballpark village. Everything really is bigger in Texas.
10. Barclays Center ($1 Billion)
The only NBA arena making our list is the Barclays Center that was built in Brooklyn, New York for the small price of $1 billion dollars. The arena hosts the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA, New York Liberty of the WNBA, and the New York Islanders of the NHL. It has also hosted a variety of large MMA and boxing events. The Nets had been planning to build a new arena for a while but when they were purchased by Mikhail Prokhorov it was officially set into motion and they moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn. One of the unique parts of this stadium is the almost 40,000 square foot plaza which hosts a transit connection hub, which is needed because they stadium is one of the few in the US with no dedicated parking. This arena is easily one of the best in the league.