Minnesota United has broken ground on its privately-funded soccer specific stadium at the Snelling-Midway site in Saint Paul.
Populous has designed the new USD$150m, 20,000-seat stadium which will boast the latest in amenities and technology, while also being sustainably designed to minimise environmental impact and energy usage.
The stadium is planned to open in two years time, ready for the 2018 MLS season.
The building is designed to be a soccer first facility, but it is also designed to host events year round.
Minnesota United will finance the cost of building the stadium, with it becoming publicly-owned once construction is complete.
Minnesota United was awarded an MLS franchise in 2015, in a highly competitive process that puts Minnesota ahead of other major markets in the U.S.
Some of the features that will set this world-class facility apart include:
- Elegant “flow” design concept with LED lighting throughout
- 20,000 seats
- Three hospitality clubs
- Complete 360-degree canopy over the bowl to protect fans and players from the elements – reduces light and noise from spilling into the neighbourhood, while creating an intimate and intimidating home pitch atmosphere
- Field heating system similar to TCF Bank Stadium and Target Field
- Distributed Antenna System (DAS) for enhanced cell phone coverage
- High-Density Wi-Fi for mobile device coverage
- 1,600sqft retail store
- Year round uses located at street level to provide non-game day activity to the building
- A variety of suites, club seats, loge boxes and general seating
- Street level exterior materials of native Minnesota limestone, complementary burnished block, and glass
- Intimate seating bowl – furthest distance from spectator to the pitch is 125ft
- Sustainably designed to minimise environmental impact and energy usage
- Translucent PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) building skin to protect fans from the elements