Nine German stadiums among 66 most expensive in World

Brazilian consultancy company Pluri Consultoria has recently published a report which states the 66 most expensive stadiums in the World. The company, based in São Paulo, has released this feature in the midst of the current unrest regarding the construction of stadiums in Brazil and the corruption behind them.

The cost of the stadiums is measured by the cost per seat. From 2004 until 2014, the average cost per seat of newly-constructed stadiums was of $5,841, with the European mark being the highest at $6,089 and the lowest being Africa at $4,938. For the World Cup of 2010, the average cost narrowly surpassed the $6,000 mark at $6,015 but that cost has shot up with the new stadiums in Brazil, with the Brazilian World Cup stadiums averaging $7988 per seat.

However, back to our interest. Germany has 9 stadiums among the 66 most expensive stadiums in the World and some of the results are quite surprising. The first name on the list is the Allianz Arena, coming in at #22, at a cost of $6,767 per seat. A surprising entry at #29 is the ESPRITarena in Düsseldorf, costing $5,733 per seat. Even more surprising is that there are third division teams in this list and the 3. Liga is represented by MSV Duisburg’s Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena, costing $1,805 per seat and coming in at #61. However, it’s not the only third division team in this list, as England’s League One side Coventry City ranks #36 at $4,689. In case you were guessing, the most expensive stadium ever built is Wembley Stadium, costing a whopping $12,617 per seat for a total of 90,000 seats, the largest stadium on the list.

Full list of German stadiums:

22Allianz Arena (München) –   $6,767 per seat

29ESPRITarena (Düsseldorf) – $5,733 per seat

41Rhein-Neckar-Stadion (Sinsheim) – $4,013 per seat

43Red Bull Stadion (Leipzig) $3,743 per seat

49RheinEnergieStadion (Köln) – $3,126 per seat

58Coface Arena (Mainz) – $2,074 per seat

59Borussia Park (Mönchengladbach) $1,903 per seat

61Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena (Duisburg) – $1,805 per seat

64SGL Arena (Augsburg) – $1,776 per seat


You can read the full report here (in Portuguese)

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Aleix Gwilliam

Is a 27-year-old living in Barcelona who gets more pleasure from watching German lower-league football than from going to watch his hometown team at the Camp Nou every other week. Passionate about European football, its history and culture, you can follow him on Twitter at @AleixGwilliam

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