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A general overview is seen during the singing of the national anthem before the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 03, 2021.
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All you need to play a football game is 100 yards in length, 53 yards in width and two goal posts. In the NFL, attending a game is more than just watching a game, though. It’s about the entire experience.

The stadium version of a meal from a local restaurant tastes different watching 22 guys run all over the field. The $15 beer is colder. The fireworks are more colorful. The music is louder. Of course, these all pale in comparison to mascots like KC Wolf pounding his head against the base of the goal posts when the Kansas City Chiefs miss a field goal.

The theatrics are the main attraction, but they’re nothing without a state-of-the-art venue. NFL owners have really upped the ante for making their team’s stadiums stand above the rest in recent years. Think the huge 160-foot scoreboard over the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The exterior of Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium resembling the Death Star. The Al Davis Memorial Torch at Allegiant Stadium overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.

It’s become clear there needs to be something about your home stadium that sets it apart. Some owners and cities are more than willing to pay a pretty penny to accomplish this goal. Like, the prettiest penny the U.S. Mint has ever produced.

There are seven stadiums across the NFL that cost upwards of multiple billions of dollars to construct. They could be better classified as palaces than football venues.

The 7 Most Expensive NFL Stadiums

7. U.S. Bank Stadium

An outside view of U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, in downtown Minneapolis.
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Team: Minnesota Vikings

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cost: $1.1 billion

Capacity: 73,000

Opened: 2016

6. Levi’s Stadium

Levi's Stadium during a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.
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Team: San Francisco 49ers

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Location: Santa Clara, California

Cost: $1.2 billion

Capacity: 68,500

Opened: 2014

5. AT&T Stadium

The Dallas Cowboys host the San Francisco 49ers during the 2022 NFL Playoffs at AT&T Stadium.
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Team: Dallas Cowboys

Location: Arlington, Texas

Cost: $1.48 billion

Capacity: 80,000

Opened: 2009

4. Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta's Mercedez Benz Stadium at sunset prior to hosting Super Bowl LIII.
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Team: Atlanta Falcons

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Cost: $1.5 billion

Capacity: 75,000

Opened: 2017

3. MetLife Stadium

The New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in January 2021.
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Teams: New York Giants & New York Jets

Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey

Cost: $1.7 billion

Capacity: 82,500

Opened: 2010

2. Allegiant Stadium

An aerial view of the home of the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium.
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Team: Las Vegas Raiders

Location: Paradise, Nevada

Cost: $1.9 billion

Capacity: 65,000

Opened: 2020

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1. SoFi Stadium

An exterior view of SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, in Inglewood, California.
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Teams: Los Angeles Rams & Los Angeles Chargers

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Location: Inglewood, California

Cost: $5.5 billion

Capacity: 70,000

Opened: 2020

Next Most Expensive

  • Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts): $960 million
  • Ford Field (Detroit Lions): $950 million
  • Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles): $940 million
  • Solider Field (Chicago Bears): $850 million

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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