These days, every new stadium, arena, and ballpark is bigger and better than the last — making it unsurprising that pro sports construction has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Between dramatic increases in square footage, premium amenities, and state-of-the-art finishes, these projects are some of the most lavish ones built.
Below, we’ve gathered some of the biggest, most exciting, and most expensive sports projects currently under construction.
Las Vegas Stadium
The details: In 2020, the Raiders will officially begin their tenure in Las Vegas – their fourth move in 59 years. The 65,000-seat stadium will feature state-of-the-art retractable doors and a glass-domed roof to offer fans an outdoor feel and a comfortable climate.
• The translucent stadium components will make the stadium appear black during the day, but lights inside the stadium will be visible from outside at night.
• The natural-grass field will grow outdoors on a 4-foot-high tray that will be wheeled inside on game day. An artificial-turf field will rest atop the concrete stadium floor.
•The north end of the stadium will have 80-by-120-foot lanai doors that open to a view of the Las Vegas Strip.
The details: The new Chase Center, which is scheduled to open for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season, is on an 11-acre site in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. The privately-financed project includes an 18,000-seat arena, two office buildings, 100,000 square feet of mixed-use space, and underground parking. More than three acres will be plazas, landscaping, and other public spaces.
• Enhanced internet bandwidth will allow fans to easily post photos and videos that can be seen on the state-of-the-art scoreboards.
• The project has been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Miami Freedom Park and Soccer Village
Team: Inter Miami CF
Location: Miami, Florida
Cost: $1 billion
General contractor: TBD
The details: David Beckham wants to transform the former site of Melreese Country Club, next to Miami International Airport, into a complex dedicated to his new professional football team Club Internacional de Futbol Miami — or Inter Miami. It would include a 25,000-seat stadium, along with a 23-acre park, a hotel, shopping precinct, and public sports grounds, designed by Miami-headquartered firm Arquitectonica.
If negotiations with the city are successful, Miami Freedom Park and Soccer Village is slated for completion in 2021.
• In updated renderings, Arquitectonica has included a playground, skate park, and golf facility on the city-owned portion of the park.
• The site would include 3750 parking spaces, most of them underground.
Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park
The details: This privately financed, 100,000-person capacity stadium will be the centerpiece of a large, mixed-use development that will include a performing arts center, office space, retail, hotel rooms, residences, 25 acres of park and recreational space, restaurants, and conference facilities.
• The Super Bowl is set to come to the venue in 2022, it’s lined-up to host the 2028 Olympics, and it’s the most likely candidate to host the 2026 World Cup Final if the United States, Mexico, and Canada’s bid to co-host is approved.
• The most noticeable design feature of the stadium is its expansive, transparent roof that will cover not only the entire playing field and seating bowl but also an adjacent pedestrian plaza and a proposed 6,000-seat theater capable of hosting high-profile events like the Academy Awards.
• Cutting-edge technologies will be integrated throughout the building, including an Oculus video board. With more than 60,000 linear feet of screen, the Oculus is the world’s largest sporting event digital display.
Globe Life Field
Team: Texas Rangers
Location: Arlington, Texas
Cost: $1.1 billion
General contractor: Manhattan Construction Group
The details: The future home of the Texas Rangers is expected to be ready to open in time for the start of the 2020 season and will seat approximately 41,000 fans. The roof will retract to the west so that if rain quickly approaches and they need to close it, the infield will be the first thing to get covered instead of the outfield, which is how most enclosed stadiums are designed. The roof itself will house a skylight, so even when it’s closed, natural light will be able to indirectly filter into the stadium — but it won’t affect players’ or fans’ vision.
• The playing surface will be 70 feet below ground level, so fans will be able to walk up from the outfield and see directly into the game.
• The park will be 1.7 million square feet in size and take up 13 acres, which will be split evenly between the city of Arlington and the Rangers.
• The Rangers recently announced the controversial decision to have artificial turf on the field rather than live grass.
Honorable Mention: The proposed new Oakland A’s ballpark
While still in early stages, the plans revealed for the A’s proposed new waterfront “jewel box” ballpark and Coliseum redevelopment are stunning. According to the SF Chronicle, “The ballpark is a deliberate throwback to the turn-of-the-century diamonds like Philadelphia’s Shibe Park (a.k.a. Connie Mack Stadium) where the A’s once played.”
We can’t wait to see how this project plays out!