World’s 10 most expensive stadiums – including grounds costing more than Wembley

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For over a year fans were unable to watch events in stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now the atmosphere has slowly returned to sporting events with spectators being allowed back into the grounds.

There are some truly spectacular stadiums in the world, some of which cost a fortune to erect; here at the top ten.

1. SoFi Stadium

Inglewood, California is home to the lavish SoFi Stadium .

Opened in September 2020, the stadium cost a whopping $5.5 billion (£3.9 billion) and is home to NFL sides Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, making it the fourth venue, and second to be in current use, since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger to be shared by two NFL teams.

It is scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2023 and WrestleMania 39 three months later in April of the same year.

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During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies, football, and archery.

2. Allegiant Stadium

Like the SoFi stadium, Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium is one the newer stadiums in the world, having opened in July last year.

The $1.9 billion (£1.3 billion) venue serves as the home stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels college football team.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Raiders played their games behind closed doors during the 2020 season "based on our commitment to protect the health of our fans and the entire community".

This year the stadium held concerts, with Guns N' Roses taking to the stage, and WWE SummerSlam took place there in August.

3. MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium is a stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 5 mi (8 km) west of New York City.

The venue was opened in 2010 to replace the old Giants Stadium and cost a hefty $1.7 billion (£1.2 million).

Many concerts have been held there, with the last being Guns N’ Roses in August 2021.

WrestleMania 29 and 35 were held at MetLife and the ground is expected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup final.

4. Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz stadium was erected in 2017 as a replacement for the iconic Georgia Dome.

It came at a steep price of $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) and officially opened with an Atlanta Falcons preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, despite the retractable roof system being incomplete at the time.

The stadium is owned by the state government of Georgia through the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.

In 2018, it hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship and the MLS Cup (as Atlanta United held home field advantage), and it hosted Super Bowl LIII in 2019, won by the New England Patriots.

5. Wembley Stadium

The same amount it cost to build the Mercedes-Benz stadium is exactly how much was spent to build England’s iconic Wembley Stadium.

This stadium was opened in 2007 on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was demolished from 2002 to 2003.

The venue is the home ground of the England football team, and it has hosted many prestigious matches such as two Champions League finals and the European Championship final.

High-profile concerts have also been held there and with 90,000 seats, it is the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe.

6. Yankee Stadium

Home to the iconic New York Yankees baseball team, the Yankee Stadium cost $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) to build.

It was opened in 2009 and replaced the original Yankee Stadium.

With a capacity of 46,537, it is the sixth-largest stadium in MLB.

The stadium has hosted other sporting events, such as pre-season friendlies, college football and concerts.

7. AT&T Stadium

Arlington, Texas is home to the massive AT&T Stadium, which set the state back $1.48 billion (£1.7billion).

The stadium, which opened in 2009, can seat around 80,000 people, but can be reconfigured to hold around 100,000 seats, making it the largest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity.

The attendance record was set at WrestleMania 32 in 2016, with 101,763 people said to have attended the event, smashing the previous WrestleMania attendance record set at WrestleMania 3.

The venue has hosted some international matches of the USA men’s football team, with the most recent match coming in July 2021.

8. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

In 2019, Spurs left White Hart Lane to move to the very impressive Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which cost $1.33 billion (£1 billion).

With a seating capacity of 62,850, it is the third-largest football stadium in England and the largest club stadium in London.

It is designed to be a multi-purpose stadium and features the world's first dividing, retractable football pitch, which reveals a synthetic turf field underneath for NFL London Games, concerts and other events.

In September 2021, Anthony Joshua’s latest boxing match took place in the stadium, and Lady Gaga is set to perform at the ground next summer.

9. Singapore National Stadium

The Singapore National Stadium, known locally as the National Stadium, is a multi-purpose retractable roof stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

The $1.31 billion (£950 million) was completed in late 2013 and officially opened on 30 June 2014 on the site of the former National Stadium, which was demolished in 2010.

The stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 55,000 for football and rugby, 52,000 for cricket and 50,000 for athletics events and is the largest stadium in the country in terms of seating capacity.

The stadium hosts the Singapore football team’s home games, in addition to the International Champions Cup (ICC) and Singapore Rugby Sevens.

10. Krestovsky Stadium

Rounding out the list is the home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, the Krestovsky Stadium, known as the Gazprom Arena for sponsorship reasons.

The $1.1 billion (£798 million) stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup and is often called the Saint Petersburg Stadium during major international tournaments, such as the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.

In September 2019, UEFA announced that the stadium would host the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final.

However, due to adjustments of the 2020 final caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, they will now the showpiece event in 2022.

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