Minnesota United FC is an American professional soccer club that plays its home matches at Allianz Field, a soccer-specific stadium located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Allianz Field Name
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Allianz Field History & Description
- First game: April 13, 2019
- Cost to build: $250 million – 100% private funding
- Closest seat to the field: 17 feet
- Farthest seat to the field: 125 feet
- Seating capacity: 19,600
- Total square feet of built space: 346,000
- Size of playing field: 120 x 75
McGuire stated a desire to build an 18,500-seat, outdoor soccer-specific stadium next to the Minneapolis Farmers Market in downtown Minneapolis. At the time of the club’s launch, the league did not give any timeline for the stadium plan, but said it was working on finalizing a plan by July 1, 2015, the deadline set by the league. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said he would oppose a publicly financed stadium, but said he would not oppose ancillary support for infrastructure reinforcements.
In a plan released in April 2015, the ownership showed a projected cost for the stadium of $250 million: $100 million for MLS expansion fee, $30 million for land acquisition, and $120 million for construction. The ownership group met with Governor Dayton and other state political leaders to share the plan. The group asked the politicians for a sales tax exemption of up to $3 million on construction materials, as well as breaks or caps on city and county property taxes for the stadium site. The tax relief could potentially add up to around $50 million.
The day after the meeting, Mayor Hodges said she opposed the sales tax and property tax exemption because unlike other stadiums in Minneapolis that have received similar breaks, Minnesota United’s stadium would be privately owned. The following week, the Minnesota Senate voted 61–4 to prevent any state funds or tax expenditures from being used for the stadium, although the vote was termed “largely symbolic” as McGuire had not asked for state funds and the bill would not prevent the team from seeking city or county funds. McGuire later said that he would be open to signing the property over to Minneapolis, Hennepin County, or another public entity if that would make property tax exemption possible.
Although the July 1 deadline passed without a stadium deal, and the plan for a Downtown Minneapolis stadium was the primary reason for choosing McGuire’s group, league deputy commissioner Mark Abbott said Minnesota was still considered an expansion site, partly because of interest from the neighboring St. Paul. Later that month, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman spoke to Abbott proposed building on a city-owned vacant lot that formerly housed the Metro Transit bus barn near Interstate 94.
On August 31, 2015, the team’s deal for an exclusive right to purchase industrial land near the Farmer’s Market expired with no public statement about any extension of the deal.
On September 8, 2015, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners passed a non-binding resolution to support the stadium’s construction on the St. Paul bus barn site, provided the design and construction are paid for by private funds. On October 23, 2015, it was announced that Minnesota United would build a stadium on the 35-acre St. Paul Bus Barn site. The proposed stadium will seat approximately 20,000, is to be completed in 2018, and will be privately financed.
On November 25, 2015, Minnesota United FC hired Populous to design the stadium. On December 9, 2015, the team hired Mortenson Construction as part of the stadium construction along with Populous.
On February 24, 2016, the team revealed design plans for their 21,500-seat soccer-specific stadium, set to be built by 2018 and financed privately by the team.
On July 25, 2017, the stadium’s name was announced as Allianz Field, which opened in March 2019.
On August 19, 2016, it was announced that Minnesota United would play in the 2017 Major League Soccer season, with home matches at TCF Bank Stadium. The stadium had been home to the club for 2017–2018 while their soccer-specific stadium was in construction.
Allianz Field City Description
Saint Paul is the capital of the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is the county seat of Ramsey County, the state’s smallest and most densely populated county. As of 2019, its estimated population was 308,096, making it the 63rd-largest city in the United States and the 11th-most populous in the Midwest. Most of the city lies east of the Mississippi River at the confluence with the Minnesota River. Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, is across the river to the west. Together they are known as the “Twin Cities”. They are the core of Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, home to over 3.6 million and the third-largest in the Midwest.
Saint Paul’s history and growth as a landing port are tied to water. The city’s defining physical characteristic, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, was carved into the region during the last ice age, as were the steep river bluffs and dramatic palisades on which the city is built. Receding glaciers and Lake Agassiz forced torrents of water from a glacial river that undercut the river valleys. The city is situated in east-central Minnesota.
The Mississippi River forms a municipal boundary on part of the city’s west, southwest, and southeast sides. Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, lies to the west. Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Roseville, and Maplewood are north, with Maplewood lying to the east. The cities of West Saint Paul and South Saint Paul are to the south, as are Lilydale, Mendota, and Mendota Heights, across the river from the city. The city’s largest lakes are Pig’s Eye Lake, which is part of the Mississippi, Lake Phalen, and Lake Como. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 56.18 square miles (145.51 km2), of which 51.98 square miles (134.63 km2) is land and 4.20 square miles (10.88 km2) is water.
Allianz Field Weather
Saint Paul has a continental climate typical of the Upper Midwestern United States. Winters are frigid and snowy, while summers are warm to hot and humid. On the Köppen climate classification, Saint Paul falls in the hot summer humid continental climate zone (Dfa). The city experiences a full range of precipitation and related weather events, including snow, sleet, ice, rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and fog.
Due to its northerly location and lack of large bodies of water to moderate the air, Saint Paul is sometimes subjected to cold Arctic air masses, especially during late December, January, and February. The average annual temperature of 47.05 °F (8.36 °C) gives the Minneapolis−Saint Paul metropolitan area the coldest annual mean temperature of any major metropolitan area in the continental U.S.
Allianz Field Green Space
- Sustainably built to reduce environmental impact
- 28,000 square feet of year-round green space
- Recycles up to two million gallons of rainwater
- Native trees strategically placed to maximize shade
How to get to Allianz Field
Allianz Field has four gates for entry in each corner of the stadium, two built on the north end of the field near Shields Avenue and two built on the south end of the stadium near St. Anthony Avenue.
M Health Fairview Northwest Entry
The Northwest Entry is located nearest the bus and westbound light rail stations. Guests seated in sections 01-06 or 32-37 should plan on entering through this gate for the quickest access to their seats.
The Northeast Entry is located nearest the eastbound light rail station. Guests seated in sections 07-12 or 108-113 should plan on entering through this gate for the quickest access to their seats.
Bell Bank Southwest Entry
The Southwest Entry is located nearest St. Anthony Avenue and the exit and onramps for I-94. Guests seated in sections 20-31 should plan on entering through this gate for the quickest access to their seats.
Element Electronics Southeast Entry
The Southeast Entry is located near the corner of Simpson Place and St. Anthony Avenue. Guests seated in sections 13-19 or 114-118 should plan on entering through this gate for the quickest access to their seats.
The Premium Entry is located on the west side of the stadium. All guests seated in premium areas throughout the stadium should plan on entering through this entry.
Allianz Field Parking
Click here to purchase single game parking passes up to three hours prior to kick.
Allianz Field Tickets
Click here to purchase tickets through Minnesota United’s official website.