Do you know the most expensive European Football Stadiums?
You don’t know right?
Then you meet this article right.
The importance of football stadiums can not be overemphasized. It goes hand-in-hand with football experience; the fans are a necessary part of the footballing process. Hence, to get the best out of what they have to offer, clubs have to provide a better football house for their fans. This is one of the reasons the English Premier League is considered one of the best leagues in the world because of its exciting atmosphere.
The English Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world because of the level of competition and, of course, the top-notch teams plying their trade in the league.
However, the debate is always on: who has the most expensive football stadium. Here are the four most expensive stadiums in English football, according to the football ground map.
4. EMIRATES STADIUM – £390 MILLION
The Emirates stadium was opened in 2006. It is the home ground of Arsenal football club. Ironically, they’ve not tasted a major trophy- success outside the FA cup, since 2006, stadium-wise, they rank among the best.
The Emirate stadium is also known as Ashburton Grove. The reason for the name was the sponsorship. The main yarning for the stadium started in 1997 when Arsenal needed to get a new stadium, but it never came to reality due to financial constraints, but on July 22nd, 2006, the theatre was ready and opened.
Emirate Stadium with a capacity of 60,704 seats comfortably at the 4th largest football stadium in England and also the 4th most expensive European football stadium with a cost construction of £390 million majorly sponsored by Emirate. After the opening Arsenal moved in there as their official home stadium while the former Arsenal Stadium was redeveloped to Highbury Square.
Highest Recorded Attendance
Since its completion in 2004, the Emirate Stadium has hosted so many football and event concerts, including music concerts, since its completion. Of course, a beautiful stadium in a footballing nation like England has hosted several events with a lot of spectators, but the highest recorded attendance in the Emirate Stadium was on November 3rd, 2007 with a total of 60,161. This was during Arsenal 2 vs 2 Manchester United Match.
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International Football Match Host at Emirate
International football matches have been hosted at Emirate Stadium and Brazil is the only national team that has always used Emirate Stadium to host their friendly matches. The first one that they hosted was on September 3rd, 2006, when they played Argentina and won the match 3-0 in the presence of 59,032 spectators, according to a report from Wikipedia.
They also hosted Portugal for a friendly on February 5th, 2007 but lost 0-2 to the national team of one of the most famous and best footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo. This is the only loss Brazil has recorded at Emirate Stadium out of 7 matches they have played at Emirate.
Others match up well.
Brazil 1 vs 0 Sweden was played on March 26th, 2008. Brazil 2 vs 0 Italy. Brazil 2 vs 0 Republic of Ireland. Brazil 2 vs 0 Scotland. Brazil 1 vs Chile and Brazil 1 vs Uruguay played on November 16, 2018.
3. LONDON STADIUM – £760 MILLION
The stadium currently serves as the home ground to the English Premier League side- Tottenham Hotspur. It was initially installed specifically for the 2012 Olympic Games but was later awarded to Westham United.
The feel of a good stadium doesn’t start and end with the spectators in the stadium or the football club that owns the stadium, but it also extends to the fans of the club. I can still remember how Manchester United fans will be screwing Chelsea fans on how to wreck their stadium. That shows you that fans also brag about their club side stadium aside from the players and the club.
The London Stadium is well designed by Populous, formerly known as HOK Sport, and the design was led by Philip Johnson, while the structural engineer is Burial Happold.
The construction of London Stadium started in mid-2007, but the actual building of the stadium started on May 22nd, 2008 and was completed on March 29th, 2011, with a total construction fee of £486 million. But from 2013 to 2016, the stadium was renovated at a cost of £274 million, making it a total of £760 million.
London Stadium was officially opened on 6th May 2012.
London Stadium is located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford London.
London Stadium Capacity
What do you think is the capacity of the London Stadium? Well, if you don’t know, just read down a bit.
The first public event hosted at London Stadium in March 2012 saw 80,000 attendance in London Stadium, the event was held by National Lottery and was for the Olympic and Paralympic finish line for the celebrity, but is that the capacity of London Stadium? No! Let’s find out its capacity.
The 80,000 capacity is for the concert, but the seated capacity of London Stadium is 66,000 for sport, and the regulated capacity of London Stadium is 60,000. So we could say that London Stadium Capacity is 66,000 based on Sport, 60,000 based on regulated and 80,000 based on the concert.
Event Host At London Stadium
Several events have been hosted at London Stadium. The first is the finish line for the National Lottery Olympic Park Run, with about 5000 participants including celebrities, athletes and members of the public on 31 March 2012.
A diamond league event was hosted on January 24th, 2013, the Muller Anniversary Games on July 9th, 2017 and several other events have been hosted there.
After being handed over to Westham United as their official home stadium, West Ham had to leave their former stadium, the Boleyn Ground, in August 2016.
The first home game for West Ham was a Europa League game against NK Domzale on August 4th, 2016. the match ended at 3:0 as Westham won the game.
London Stadium also hosted other sports events like Cricket, Baseball, Motorsport and Rugby League.
so on the list of top 4 most expensive European Football Stadiums and their cost London Stadium seat comfortably on 3rd most expensive stadium in European football with a worth of £760 MILLION.
2. NEW TOTTENHAM STADIUM – £1BILLION.
The stadium sets a standard for what a 21st-century stadium should look like. It has space for accurate match sight and also provides the fans with a dream atmosphere. Jose Mourinho once tagged the stadium as “the best stadium in the world”. Maybe Mourinho was just hyping because he was the gaffer then. The truth is the best and most beautiful stadiums in the world are in Asian countries that are not really pronounced in sports but have the money to spend.
Why did Spurs Push For Renovation?
Tottenham hotspur needed an upgrade in their training facilities and also capacity from 32,000 to 62,850 in order to increase their revenue. The stadium was demolished after 2016/2017 and was replaced by Tottenham Hotspur stadium as the club’s home ground.
1. WEMBLEY STADIUM – £1.17 BILLION
It is unarguably the biggest and best stadium in England. It was opened in 2007. Today, it serves as the home ground of the Three Lions and Lioness of England. It is also the host of the English FA Cup semi-finals and final and, the EFL Cup final. The original Wembley Stadium, built to house the British Empire Exhibition of 1924–25, was completed in advance of the London 1948 Olympic Games and remained in use until 2000. Construction of the new stadium began in 2002.