The 15 Most Expensive World Cup Stadiums Of The 21st Century

Here are some astronomical construction/renovation costs, and we haven’t even included Qatar.

The dawning of the 21st century saw a massive shift with regards to FIFA World Cup stadia. For example, when West Germany hosted the 1974 World Cup, the majority of the matches were played in existing stadiums built for a variety of purposes. They all had running tracks and were built in the 30s and nobody cared. 

By the time the 2006 World Cup brought the event back to Germany, the game had changed. A collection of UEFA 5-star stadiums were used to host the Coca-Cola executives, global bureaucrats and Sepp Blatter. You now had to spend to receive, as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar so poignantly shows.

Alas, the following rankings of the most expensive World Cup stadiums do not include Qatar — we know the Lusail Iconic Stadium will cost an estimated $45 billion, but that’s because the stadium is actually just part of an entire city being built for the event. Nice. 

Excluding Qatar, here are the most expensive World Cup stadia of the 21st century.     

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#15. Saitama Stadium - $360 million | Saitama, Japan
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#14. Olympiastadion Berlin - $365 million | Berlin, Germany
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#13. Cosmos Arena - $370 million | Samara, Russia
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#12. Sapporo Dome - $426 million | Sapporo, Japan
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#11. Arena Corinthians - $435 million | Sao Paulo, Brazil
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#10. FNB Stadium - $440 million | Johannesburg, South Africa
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#9. Moses Mabhida Stadium - $450 million | Durban, South Africa
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#8. Kazan Arena - $450 million | Kazan, Russia
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#7. Allianz Arena - $522 million | Munich, Germany
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#6. Green Point Stadium - $600 million | Cape Town, South Africa
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#5. Nissan Stadium - $621 million | Yokohama, Japan
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#4. Maracana Stadium - $629 million | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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#3. Fisht Olympic Stadium - $779 million | Sochi, Russia
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#2. Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha - $900 million | Brasilia, Brazil
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#1. Krestovsky Stadium - $1.5 billion | Saint Petersburg, Russia
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