On Sunday (11), the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will compete in Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas. The decision of the NFL season will take place at the Allegiant Stadium, the second most expensive stadium in the world.
The venue for the grand final was inaugurated in 2020 and cost around $1.9 billion (R$ 10.9 billion at the time’s exchange rate). The stadium is enclosed, air-conditioned, and has a capacity of 65,000 people, but it can be expanded to accommodate up to 72,000.
The venue became the home of the Las Vegas Raiders and also hosts games of the University of Nevada team. The construction cost was split between the franchise and the city of Vegas.
To justify the expense of about R$ 3.9 billion, the municipality emphasizes that the stadium generates up to $620 million (R$ 3.1 billion) in revenue per year, in addition to 6,000 direct jobs. This year, the venue will also host games of the Copa America, which will be held in the United States.
The Allegiant Stadium ranks behind only the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The home of the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams – both NFL teams – is the most expensive stadium in the world: it cost $5.5 billion (almost R$ 27.5 billion at the current exchange rate).