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:
22 – Allianz Arena (München) – $6,767 per seat
29 – ESPRITarena (Düsseldorf) – $5,733 per seat
41 – Rhein-Neckar-Stadion (Sinsheim) – $4,013 per seat
43 – Red Bull Stadion (Leipzig) $3,743 per seat
49 – RheinEnergieStadion (Köln) – $3,126 per seat
58 – Coface Arena (Mainz) – $2,074 per seat
59 – Borussia Park (Mönchengladbach) $1,903 per seat
61 – Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena (Duisburg) – $1,805 per seat
64 – SGL Arena (Augsburg) – $1,776 per seat
You can read the full report here (in Portuguese)