Is Your NFL Team's Stadium One of the Most Expensive in the League?
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Yesterday, Minneapolis was awarded the 2018 Super Bowl over fellow finalists Indianapolis (yes, I’m still crying a little) and New Orleans. The Vikings new state-of-the-art stadium, which will be completed in 2016, was one of the key factors that pushed Minnesota to the front of the pack. The facility is expected to cost $975 million when all is said and done. The Vikings organization will pay $477 million, the state will pay $348 million, and taxpayers will pay $150 million. These numbers got me thinking, so today we’re going to take a look at the top ten most costly NFL stadiums in operation right now.
1. MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants, New York Jets, and Super Bowl XLVIII, opened in the spring of 2010, making it the newest stadium on this list. It is also the most costly NFL stadium ever built, to the tune of $1.6 billion…yup, billion. In addition to the most recent Super Bowl, MetLife Stadium has already hosted several major wrestling events, concerts, and, of course, regular season football games.
2. AT&T Stadium, or Cowboys Stadium, or Jerry World (take your pick) cost $1.3 billion to construct (let’s face it, most of that probably went towards purchasing the world’s largest high def video screen…). It opened prior to the 2009 NFL season and almost instantly became infamous for its prices. Parking costs $75 per vehicle and programs (which are free at most NFL stadiums) will set you back a 10 spot. Gotta break even somehow.
3. Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, is the NFL’s oldest stadium. It originally opened in 1924, but underwent an $802 million renovation in 2003. Soldier Field has hosted a huge array of events in its lifespan, such as FIFA World Cup games, Super Bowls, hockey games, and of course, hundreds of Chicago Bears matches. Soldier Field is a must-see facility for any NFL fan.
4. The Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium opened its doors in 2008 after a $735 million construction process. Since then, the facility has already hosted a variety of major events, including Super Bowl XLVI , monster truck shows, the Circle City Classic, several March Madness games, and the annual Bands of America Grand National Championships. This retractable roof stadium, known as The House That Manning Built, is the heartbeat of downtown Indy.
5. For $650 million, the Philadelphia Eagles, the city of Philadelphia, and Philly taxpayers ordered the construction of Lincoln Financial Field in 2001. The Linc, as fans tend to call it, has a variety of fan-friendly amenities, including a huge selection of great food and free WiFi (which was added prior to the 2013 season). Lincoln Financial Field has also made strides towards going “green” recently, installing over 11,000 solar panels and upwards of a dozen wind turbines.
6. Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, is one of the most architecturally stunning stadiums in the entire league. The facility is located in downtown Nati and cost $617 million to construct. Paul Brown Stadium, and the training facilities and offices connected to it, opened in August of 2000. Bengals fans have been enjoying it ever since.
7. The Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field was built for $558 million in the late 1990s. CenturyLink is famed not only for being the home of the Seahawks, but for being the home of Seattle’s insanely loud 12th Man. Remember the noise record they set last season? 13.6 decibels is loud, y’all. When football isn’t in season, CenturyLink hosts the Seattle Sounders home soccer games.
8. Ford Field, not surprisingly located in Detroit, opened for business in 2002. This project also cost $558 million to complete. Ford Field is the home of the Detroit Lions and has also hosted other notable events, including Wrestlemania 23. Fun fact: More natural sunlight reaches the gridiron at Ford Field than at any other NFL stadium.
9. The Denver Broncos' Sports Authority Field at Mile High cost $528 million to build. In addition to being Peyton Manning's current home field, Mile High is where Denver’s professional lacrosse team, the Outlaws, play their home games. This facility arguably has one of the best views in the NFL; if you haven’t been and get the chance, take it.
10. University of Phoenix Field, home of the Arizona Cardinals, cost $527 million to construct. The construction process began in the spring of 2003 and the facility was completed in 2006. During its lifespan so far, University of Phoenix Field has hosted multiple BCS Championship Games, one Super Bowl (and will host this year’s as well), and numerous other events. One of the facility’s best features is the Green Lawn, an 8-acre tailgating spot where Cardinals fans congregate on Sundays.