Top 25 Most Expensive Stadiums in EuropE


Top 25 Most Expensive Stadiums in Europe

Watching sports in a stadium can be an exciting and an inspiring experience. With the ever increasing amount of money in football and the ever increasing popularity, the demand for tickets to matches has become far greater. You will find many top-class stadiums in Europe. It takes plenty of money to build and maintain a
Here are the top 25 most expensive stadiums in Europe, ranked according to the cost of construction.

25) Veltins-Arena – $218 Million

Veltins Arena is a football stadium located in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the home ground of professional German association-football club FC Shalke 04. This hi-tech stadium has a retractable roof and a retractable pitch. It has 90 executive suites and has a seating capacity of 61,973. It hosted five matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Veltins Arena has served as a model for the University of Phoenix Stadium. The construction cost € 191 million ($218 million).

24) Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex – $220 Million

This multi-use sports and recreation facility is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also known as Olympic Stadium, the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is the premier sports venue in Ukraine. It is the second largest stadium in Eastern Europe. The stadium hosted football matches in the 1980 Summer Olympics. It was renovated few years back and was reopened in 2011. Currently it can comfortably seat 70,050 people. The complex cost UAH 4.5 billion ($220 million).

23) Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw – $240 Million

Also known as the Municipal Stadium, the Stadion Miejski is located in Wroclaw, Poland. It is the highest fourth category football stadium built for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. It is the home of the Polish football club Slask Wroclaw. Stadion Miejski is the third largest stadium in Poland and can seat 42,771 people. The stadium is well-known for its distinctive shape. The building is covered by glass fiber mesh coated with Teflon. It cost PLN 857 million ($240 million).

22) PGE Arena Gdansk – $245 Million

The PGE Arena Gdansk is a UEFA Category 4 Stadium. This football stadium is located in Gdansk, Poland. It is the home stadium of Polish football club Lechia Gdansk. It is the largest arena in Ekstraklasa. The stadium, which was opened in 2011, can seat 43,615 people. It is 236 meters long, 203 meters wide and 45 meters high. The stadium’s exterior is designed to resemble amber. The roof construction is based on 82 girders. The arena cost PLN 863 million ($245 million).
PGE Arena Gdansk

21) Arena Nationala – $268 Million

This football stadium is located in Bucharest, Romania. It was built for the Romania national football team. It hosted the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final. The UEFA Elite Category 4 stadium has 42 executive suites and can seat 55,634 spectators. It has floodlight facility. The retractable roof of the stadium can be opened or closed in 15 minutes. Arena Nationala cost €234.5 million ($268 million) and has parking space for 2,100 vehicles.
Arena Nationala

20) ESPRIT Arena – $274 Million

This multi-functional football stadium is located in Düsseldorf, Germany. It has heating system and closable roof. The stadium can comfortably seat 54,600 spectators. Construction cost €240 million ($274 Million).

19) Allianz Riviera – $280 Million

Allianz Riviera is mostly used for football matches. It is located in Nice, France. The stadium has a seating capacity of 35,624 people. It cost an estimated €245 million ($280 million).

18) Olympiastadion, Berlin – $282 Million

This sports stadium was opened in 1936 and renovated in 1974 and 2006. The stadium can seat 74,475 spectators. The roof is made up of transparent panel. Around 630 cars can be parked in its two underground garages. The renovation and reconfiguration cost €247 million ($282 million).
Olympiastadion, Berlin

17) Croke Park – $300 Million (€260 million)

Located in Dublin, Ireland, the Croke Park stadium serves as the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The stadium has a seating capacity of 82,300. Croke’s reconstruction cost €260 million ($300 million).
Croke Park

16) Olympic Stadium, Athens – $302 Million

The Olympic Stadium of Athens can seat 69,618 people. It is the home of the Greek Association football club AEK Athens F.C., one of the biggest sports clubs in Greece. The estimated cost is €265 million ($302 million).
Olympic Stadium, Athens

15) Stade Vélodrome – $305 Million

This multi-purpose stadium is located in Marseille, France. The stadium was completed in 2014. The total cost of construction was around €267 million; around €150 million for the stadium and the remaining for shopping mall, hotel and housing. The construction cost is €267 million ($305 million)

14) Stade Pierre-Mauroy – $322 Million

Stade Pierre-Mauroy stadium is located in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France. The total cost of the entire Eiffage project was €618 million, including €282 million ($322 million) for the stadium, €42 million for additional development (like parking, hotels, etc) and €96 million to ensure that the stadium meets seismic standards.
Stade Pierre-Mauroy

13) Tele2 Arena – $330 Million

Tele2 Arena is a multi-purpose stadium located in Stockholm Globe City, Sweden. It is usually used for football matches and concerts. The Arena construction cost was SEK 2.7 billion ($330 million).
Tele2 Arena

12) Stade de France – $335 Million

Located just north of Paris, the Stade de France is the national stadium of France. It is the sixth largest stadium in Europe and can seat 81,338 people. It was built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It cost €290 million ($335 million).
Stade de France

11) Friends Arena – $342 Million

This retractable roof multi-purpose stadium is the Sweden’s national stadium for football. Located in Solna, Stockholm, this hi-tech stadium has 92 executive suites and can comfortably seat 50,653 people. The cost of construction of this stadium was estimated to be SEK 2.3 billion, but is finally cost SEK 2.8 billion ($342 million).
Friends Arena

10) Allianz Arena ($380 Million)

Located in Munich, Germany, this stadium can seat 75,024 people. It is famous for its inflated ETFE plastic panels exterior. Allianz has purchased the naming rights to the stadium for 30 years. The construction cost was  €340 million ($380 million)

9) Donbass Arena ($400 Million)

Located in Donetsk, Ukraine, this stadium has a natural grass pitch. It is located in the center of the city. The seating capacity of this stadium is 52,518 people. It hosts FC Shakhtar Donetsk matches. Donbass Arena is also one of the popular nightlife spots in Donetsk. Donbass cost $400 million.

8) Otkrytie Arena or Spartak Stadium ($420 million)

This multi-purpose stadium is located in Moscow, Russia. It is used mostly for football matches. The stadium is designed to seat 45,360 spectators. It was opened on 5 September 2014. It will be one of the four stadiums used for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The arena cost RUB 14 billion ($420 million).

7) Kazan Arena ($450 Million)

The Kazan Arena is located in Kazan, Russia. It will host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup. It has hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade football competition. The seating capacity of this stadium is 45,105. The construction cost RUB 15.5 billion ($450 Million).

6) Aviva Stadium ($460 Million)


This sports stadium is located in Dublin, Ireland. It can comfortably seat 51,700 spectators. The stadium is owned by Irish Rugby Football Union and Football Association of Ireland. The stadium has four tiers on three sides of the ground. The stadium cost €410 million ($460 million).

5) National Stadium, Warsaw ($570 Million)

The National Stadium has a retractable roof. This football stadium is the home stadium of Poland national football team. The seating capacity of this stadium is 58,145 people. It cost €500 million ($570 million).

4) Emirates Stadium ($740 Million)

This stadium is located in Holloway, London. It is home to the Arsenal Football Cup. Arsenal Holdings Plc is the owner of the stadium. The Emirates Stadium can seat 60,272 spectators. It is the third largest football stadium in England. Costing £470 million ($740 million) to construction.

3) Fisht Olympic Stadium ($779 Million)

Located in Sochi, Russia, Fisht Olympic Stadium is an open-air stadium. It was constructed primarily for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The total construction cost $779 million.

2) Olympic Stadium, London ($800 Million)

The Olympic Stadium is located in Stratford, London. It was constructed to serve as the host stadium for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium is currently under renovation and should be ready by 2016. The construction cost £517 million ($800 million).

1) Wembley Stadium ($1.5 Billion)

The Wembley Stadium is Europe’s most expensive stadium and the most expensive football stadium in the world. Located in London, this stadium can seat 90,000 people. It is the largest stadium in the UK and the second largest stadium in Europe. It hosts major football matches like the home matches of the England national football team. The total construction cost as of 2015 is £938 million ($1.5 billion).

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