The Twin Cities stadium construction boom is over.
The Minnesota United announced Wednesday that construction of its $250 million Allianz Field in the Midway area of St. Paul is now complete. MNUFC kicks off the 2019 season with a five-game road trip, starting this Saturday, March 2, in Vancouver. The inaugural home game at the new Major Soccer League (MLS) stadium in St. Paul takes place on April 13 with a game against New York City FC.
The stadium has capacity for 20,000 fans. Allianz Field includes four hospitality clubs, a retail store and parking for 400 bikes. The field is located near one of the stops on the Green Line light rail transit route. Based on the landscape design, it is projected that 2 million gallons of rainwater can be recycled annually.
Allianz Field was designed by Kansas City-based Populous, a firm that specializes in stadium projects.
"Allianz Field truly represents the next generation of MLS stadiums," said Bruce Miller, senior architect at Populous, in a statement. "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."
The stadium was built by Golden Valley-based Mortenson, a local company with operations across North America.
“We set an aggressive set of workforce goals that promoted involvement of small businesses and a diverse workforce, and all of these goals were met or exceeded,” said Greg Huber, Mortenson project executive, in a statement.
“Over 650,000 hours of on-site work was performed by 2,020 individual craft workers, with 33 percent of the those work hours being performed by minority craft workers and another 11 percent by women. $46.5 million was paid in direct wages to the construction workers themselves. Over 90 percent of the work came from local companies, which is an incredible achievement. This is a Minnesota-made facility for a Minnesota team and a Minnesota brand — and it’s going to be a Minnesota icon.”