Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium Among Most Expensive in the World, Study Says

Built for $619 million, the Bengals' home is expensive, but it doesn't even come close to number one on the list.

click to enlarge Paul Brown Stadium - Photo: Derek Jensen
Photo: Derek Jensen
Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati is home to one of the most expensive sports stadiums in the history of ever throughout the entire world. Go, us!

ConstructionDisputes, a firm that provides bond and lien filing assistance for contractors and suppliers, recently shared an infographic examining costs associated with the construction of stadiums on a global scale. The list includes stadiums for different types of sports. It does not break costs into private vs. public money.

It finds that Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium, which opened in 2000, is No. 25 on that list of the most expensive stadiums, with a total construction cost of $619 million and an inflation-adjusted cost of $940 million. The stadium’s design earned the 2001 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects.

SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, is the most expensive stadium, according to ConstructionDisputes. Built in 2020 for $5.5 billion, the stadium is home to the Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Chargers and (apparently) the largest video scoreboard ever constructed.

Most stadiums on the ConstructionDisputes list are home to NFL teams, as Paul Brown Stadium is to the Cincinnati Bengals. All have been built within the last 20 years.

See the full list at

Bengals representatives are in talks with local health officials to possibly use Paul Brown Stadium as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell offered all club stadiums to the Biden administration's efforts to slow the spread of the virus. The stadium typically can hold around 65,000 people.

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