Top Ten  

World's Most Expensive Stadiums

These sports stadiums spare no expense in the name of entertainment
 Rogers Centre  Emirates Stadium  Canada Olympic Stadium  New Meadowlands Stadium

10. The Emirates
London, England
Cost: $770 million
Capacity: 60,000
Opened: 2006

The Emirates Stadium in London is the home field of Arsenal Football Club, the third most valuable football team in the world. It was originally named Ashburton Grove before a naming rights deal with the airline Emirates was made in 2004.


9. Olympic Stadium
London, England
Cost: $875 million
Capacity: 80,000
Opened: 2011

The newly built Olympic Stadium in London was just completed this spring and is the country’s third largest sports arena. It is set to host the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The capacity of 80,000 will stand through the Olympic ceremonies and then afterward it will be broken down into a 25,000 seat permanent home of the West Ham United FC football team.


8. Rogers Centre
Toronto, Canada
Cost: $930 million
Capacity: 50,000
Opened: 1989

Located in the shadow of the CN Tower, the tallest building in the western hemisphere, the Rogers Centre is the home field of the Toronto Blue Jays. It also hosts the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, and beginning in 2008 the Centre started hosting several games a year for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills franchise.


7. Stade de France
Paris, France
Cost: $974 million
Capacity: 80,000
Opened: 1998

Originally built to host the 1998 World Cup, the Stade de France was the location of one of France’s greatest moments in sports history when the French National Team defeated Brazil 3-0 in the Finals. The stadium also hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2007.


6. Madison Square Garden
New York, N.Y.
Cost: $1.1 billion
Capacity: 18,200
Opened: 1968

Madison Square Garden is not only host to the legendary New York Knicks and the Rangers, it is one of the most legendary concert venues in America. The Garden has hosted some of music’s greatest performers, including Led Zepplin, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones.


5. Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, USA
Cost: $1.3 billion
Capacity: 80,000 seated, 111,000 w/ standing room
Opened: 2009

Flamboyant billionaire Jerry Jones’ pet project was built to be the world’s foremost entertainment experience. Cowboys Stadium hosted this year’s Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers and Jones is already trying to book several other prominent events.


4. Olympic Stadium 
Montreal, Canada
Cost: $1.4 billion
Capacity: 60,000
Opened: 1976

Originally built for the 1976 Olympic Games for a price of $770 million, the stadium has undergone several renovations that have brought its price tag to over a billion dollars. It is the former home of the Montreal Expos prior to the team moving to Washington.


3. Wembley Stadium
London, England
Cost: $1.5 billion
Capacity: 90,000
Opened: 2007

The new Wembley Stadium was built on the site of the original stadium to serve as the home of England’s national soccer team. With a 90,000 person capacity it is Europe’s second largest stadium.

Purpose: Soccer and concerts primarily, though the stadium hosted a regular-season NFL game last year. The stadium, which replaced the old, ailing Wembley, is home to England's national soccer team.


2. Yankee Stadium
New York, USA
Cost: $1.5 billion
Capacity: 50,086
Opened: 2009

There have been few arenas in all of sports with more history than the original Yankee Stadium, but after seventy six years the Yankees organization decided it was time to build a new ballpark. On April 3, 2009 the New Yankee Stadium opened across the street from its predecessor on the former site of Macombs Dam Park.


1. New Meadowlands Stadium
New York, USA
Cost: $1.6 billion
Capacity: 82,566
Opened: 2010

The bright lights of New York City have claimed the two top spots in this list. The New Meadowlands stadium takes home the trophy for the world’s most expensive sports stadium. It is the only stadium in the NFL that is home to two separate football franchises, the New York Giants and New York Jets.
   With a capacity of over 82,000 and 218 luxury box seats, the New Meadowlands is one of the largest stadiums in the US. It was built in a lot that is adjacent to its predecessor, the original Meadowlands Stadium which was home to the NFL Giants from 1976 to 2009. This state-of-the-art arena is scheduled to host Super Bowl XLVIII, the first Super Bowl ever held in New York City and the first ever held in a non-domed stadium.

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