Which NFL Stadiums Had the Cheapest Construction Costs?
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Last week, we took a look at the most expensive NFL stadium construction costs. MetLife Stadium led the list at a mind-boggling $1.6 billion. Today, we’re going to talk about the other side of the coin and break down the cheapest NFL stadiums that are currently in use. It’s no surprise that most of these are older facilities that will probably require either upgrades or total replacements in the coming years. Also, quick sidenote, the Metrodome would’ve been on this list, but it was demolished a month ahead of schedule.
1. Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills and their tailgating legion, is 41 years old this year. The facility opened in 1973 after being built for a grand total of $22 million. Pretty sure that’s about the cost of one chair at MetLife, y’all. Ralph Wilson Stadium is currently being renovated, but many are starting to call for a new building in New York.
2. The Oakland Raiders and their fans are quite partial to the Oakland Coliseum, now O.co Coliseum. This storied facility was constructed for a mere $25.5 million. The Raiders’ first game in this building was played in 1966. I don’t see this one going anywhere anytime soon.
3. Qualcomm Stadium, which may soon be a thing of the past, is the current home field of the San Diego Chargers. The team played their first game in the $27 million facility in 1967 after relocated from Los Angeles.
4. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, opened for business in 1972. It cost $43 million to build and was distinct because it wasn’t a multipurpose facility, which was the trend during the 1970s. Arrowhead remains one of the most challenging places for opposing teams to play and is popular among both fans and players.
5. The Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium was completed in 1987 for a total of $115 million. Miami has played host to the Super Bowl ten times, so this facility has seen many incredible games. While there has been some call to upgrade Sun Life Stadium lately, the buzz hasn’t yet reached a fever pitch.
6. EverBank Stadium, where you can find the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sundays, was constructed for $121 million in just 19.5 months (that’s the fastest a stadium has ever gone up). This facility opened in time for the 1995 season.
7. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is, undoubtedly, one of the most famous facilities in the entire NFL. The home of the New Orleans Saints has hosted numerous Super Bowls, served as a refuge for Hurricane Katrina victims, and been a popular tourist attraction since it opened in 1975 following a 4-year, $134 million construction process.
8. Construction of Raymond James Stadium began in 1996 and the facility ultimately cost $168.5 million. The home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is most famous for its pirate ship, complete with functional canons. Fun fact of the day: Many fans don’t know that the Bucs share their facility with the NCAA’s South Florida Bulls football team.
9. The Georgia Dome, which holds the distinction of being the biggest cable-supported arena on the globe, opened in 1992 after being built for $214 million. The Atlanta Falcons will continue playing in this facility until their new stadium opens, hopefully in time for the 2017 season.
10. The Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium opened in 1998 after a little more than two years of construction. Often referred to as simply The Bank, this facility cost $220 million to construct. It is currently undergoing some fairly major renovations, including the addition of a roof, which should definitely be a crowd pleaser.