ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota United FC announced the completion of construction on its new home, Allianz Field. The stadium’s architectural design firm, Populous, and construction company, M. A. Mortenson, handed over keys to MNUFC Wednesday afternoon.
In contrast to recent MLS venues, such as Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and D.C.’s Audi Field, the Loons’ new ground is ready to host games prior to MLS First Kick. Its construction occurred over a 20-month period that included two Minnesota winters, with more than 2,000 workers logging over 650,000 hours. According to the club, 90 percent of the work was performed by local companies.
“This is a Minnesota-made facility for a Minnesota team and a Minnesota brand — and it’s going to be a Minnesota icon,” Mortenson project executive Greg Huber said.
Fans in the Land of 10,000 Lakes still have more than a month to go before the Loons’ 2019 home opener, when New York City FC comes to town April 13. However, an open house for season-ticket holders has been scheduled for March 24.
“When we were awarded the MLS expansion franchise, our objectives included the building of a great stadium that would be a home for our team and its fans, a testament to the World’s Game, an asset for our community and a catalyst for economic development in the area. That has been fully realized, and we thank Mortenson, Populous and all of the businesses and individuals involved in the construction of this magnificent stadium,” MNUFC managing partner Dr. Bill McGuire said.
“Allianz Field is extraordinary: beautiful and unique, environmentally-sensitive, intimate and fan-oriented, and true to the sport of soccer and those who love the game. It is arguably the finest soccer stadium in North America. Furthermore, it is already providing an impressive economic boon to the community and our citizens. We are proud of what has been accomplished to date, and together look forward to what is yet to come.”
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Per MNUFC, Allianz Field is the largest private building project to have taken place in Minnesota’s capital, with a final price tag approaching $250 million. It’s 19,400-seat capacity is highlighted by a 2,920-capacity safe-standing section set to be inhabited by supporters groups.
The club highlighted the stadium’s environmentally-conscious design in a press release. The open roof, grass playing surface and exclusive use of LED lighting result in a low-energy footprint for Allianz Field. Outside its innovative Polytetrafluoroethylene exterior skin, a central stormwater system will supply irrigation to the landscape of the surrounding 35-acre development that surrounds the stadium, benefiting nearly three acres of public greenspace and 192 newly-planted mature trees. All the aforementioned seems fitting for a stadium that drew design inspiration from the Northern Lights and Minnesota’s numerous lakes and rivers.
“Allianz Field truly represents the next generation of MLS stadiums,” senior architect Bruce Miller said. “From the elegant flow of the translucent exterior skin to the complete seating bowl enclosure and 360-degree canopy, this stadium sets the bar as one of the most-intimate and intimidating atmospheres in soccer around the globe.”
With excitement for the team’s new home shared by players and staff, as well as fans and MNUFC brass, the former released a video thanking all the workers that helped make their new home a reality.