If Tennessee Titans build new stadium, a Super Bowl party could follow

The Tennessee Titans and the city of Nashville are considering the construction of a new stadium that could cost up to $2 billion, the Tennessean reported Tuesday.

Whether the city and team agree to build a new or even just renovate Nissan Stadium, it will be pricey. And it will also be in line with several other NFL franchises over the last decade.

Either way, with new construction comes big events, including the Super Bowl.

Here’s a look at the recent history of renovations and new stadium builds in the NFL, plus an added look at the other teams evaluating options for a new place to play.

New NFL stadiums

Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco 49ers (2014)

Location: Santa Clara, California

Cost of construction: At least $1.2 billion (according to the stadium’s website and multiple reports).

Where financing came from: $114 million in public funding from city of Santa Clara; rest from private funding, according to the Buffalo News.

Stadium features, amenities: Party decks in 200 levels; more than 150 luxury suites; extra wide concourses; a team museum.

Big events since stadium opened: 2016 Super Bowl, WrestleMania 31, 2019 College Football Playoff national championship, 2015 NHL Stadium Series, several 2016 Copa America games

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US Bank Stadium, Minnesota Vikings (2016)

Location: Downtown Minneapolis

Cost of construction: About $1.1 billion (according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Where financing came from: $498 million from public funding — $348 million from the state and $150 million from the city of Minneapolis; rest was private funding (according to the Buffalo News).

Stadium features, amenities: Field-level patio in Delta Sky360 Club; nine event spaces; eight club areas; three outdoor spaces and plazas.

Big events since stadium opened: 2018 Super Bowl, 2019 Final Four, several summer X-Games.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Falcons (2017)

Location: Downtown Atlanta, near former Georgia Dome site

Cost of construction: About $1.8 billion (according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Where financing came from: $200 million from public funding via a stadium authority; rest was private funding (according to the Buffalo News).

Stadium features, amenities: Where to begin? retractable roof; 360-degree videoboard above the playing surface; on-field club area along both sidelines; “Fan-first” pricing that has concession prices lower than the NFL average.

Big events since stadium opened: 2019 Super Bowl, 2018 CFP National Championship; 2020 Final Four (planned, was canceled due to COVID-19); SEC Championship Game and Peach Bowl annually.

Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas Raiders (2020)

Location: Downtown Las Vegas

Cost of construction: $1.99 billion (according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal).

Where financing came from: $750 million in public funding from Clark County, Nevada; rest was private funding (according to the Buffalo News).

Stadium features, amenities: Two field-level club areas; retractable grass field; AL Davis Memorial Torch, resembles a robot vacuum.

Big events since stadium opened: 2021 WWE SummerSlam, 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, 2021 Pac-12 championship game, 2022 Pro Bowl, Super Bowl 58 in 2024.

SoFi Stadium, LA Rams and LA Chargers (2020)

Location: Inglewood, California

Cost of construction: $5 billion (according to the LA Times)

Where financing came from: All private, via Rams owner Stan Kroenke (according to the Buffalo News).

Stadium features, amenities: LED screen on roof; 70,000-square foot 360-degree screen above playing field; 260 luxury suites; on-field suites in end zone; open-air concourses.

Big events since stadium opened: Super Bowl 56, 2023 CFP National Championship, WrestleMania 39 in 2023, opening and closing ceremonies for 2028 Summer Olympics, along with Olympic soccer and archery events

A general view shows US country singer Mickey Guyton singing the National Anthem ahead of Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on February 13, 2022. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) ( Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Larger-scale renovations

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins (2016)

Location: Miami Gardens, Fla

Cost of construction: $755 million (according to a stadium release).

Where financing came from: At least $500 million in private funding via Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (according to the South Florida Business Journal).

Stadium features, amenities: 7 club/suite seating areas; canopy-style open-air roof.

Big events since stadium was renovated: Super Bowl 54, 2021 CFP National Championship, Orange Bowl yearly, Canelo Alvarez title defense against Avni Yildirim in 2021; Formula One race starting in 2022 around the stadium campus area.

Which NFL teams are currently developing plans for a new stadium?

Buffalo Bills

Current stage: Highmark Stadium (71,608), located in Orchard Park, NY; stadium opened in 1972 and was last renovated in 2010s.

New stadium? Renderings of a potential new stadium show at an outdoor facility. The team has considered both a new stadium in Orchard Park and a new site in Buffalo. A city the size of Buffalo (and with the harsh wintry weather early in the year) would likely not be on the shortlist for events such as the Final Four or the Super Bowl, even with an indoor facility.

Timetable for new stadium: The Bills’ current lease ends before the 2023 season, and the team has set summer of 2023 as the deadline for an agreement for a new stadium, according to a representative of the Pegula family, which owns the Bills, in September. The Bills would not sign a new lease until new stadium plans are finalized. The team has also said stadium construction would take at least five years to complete.

Where is financing coming from? TBD.

Chicago Bears

Current stage: Soldier Field (61,500), located in downtown Chicago; opened in 1924 and home of the Bears since 1971; Soldier Field was last renovated on a large scale in 2003.

New stadium? The team announced a purchase agreement of a horse racing track in Arlington Heights, Illinois, valued at $197.2 million. That location is about 33 miles northwest of Soldier Field. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said earlier this month that the city plans to offer the Bears a deal to stay at Soldier Field, according to ABC 7 in Chicago.

Timetable for new stadium: The Bears can break their Soldier Field lease for a cost as soon as 2026. The lease ends in 2033.

Where is financing coming from? TBD. The city utilized bonds for the $660 million renovation of Soldier Field in 2002 that have yet to be fully paid back through a city hotel tax, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Washington Commanders

Current stage: FedExField (82,000), located in Summerfield, Maryland; built in 1996.

New stadium? Washington’s NFL team has four years left on its FedExField deal, and the Fox affiliate in DC reported that team officials have recently spoken to Virginia state legislators about potentially building a stadium in Northern Virginia, closer to where the team’s headquarters is located. But no plans have been publicly established.

Timetable for new stadium: Washington has four years remaining on its lease for the current stadium, which is owned by Washington owner Daniel Snyder.

Where is financing coming from? TBD, though the team’s talks with state legislators would indicate some sort of public funding is on the table. Again, though, no stadium plans have been publicly declared.

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