The cost to construct NFL stadiums has reached an astronomical level—literally.
Pat Kessler of CBS Minnesota recently pointed out a mind-blowing fact: The construction of the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium is a more costly project than the space probe NASA sent to Pluto. The Vikings’ new home, recently christened U.S. Bank Stadium, cost $1 billion, while the New Horizon satellite project, a 10-year voyage spanning the solar system, cost only $720 million.
As difficult as that comparison is to fathom, the amenities available at the new stadium are not cheap. There’s supposed to be technological advancements such as 2,000 high-definition video boards, Wi-Fi capacity to accommodate all 65,000 fans at once and smartphone apps designed to improve fan experience. And that’s on top of state-of-the-art architecture like the largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof and pivoting glass doors in the world.