Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Minnesota United FC has struck a naming rights deal which will see its new soccer stadium in St. Paul, Minn., become known as Allianz Field.
Scheduled to complete construction in time for the start of the 2019 MLS season, Allianz Field joins seven other stadia sponsored by insurance giant Allianz, which are located in some of the most dynamic cities around the world.
Allianz Field will feature 19,400 seats at opening with the ability to expand to nearly 25,000 in capacity in the future.
The stadium will have a translucent PTFE laminate mesh skin and features LED lighting technology similar to Allianz Arena in Munich, which allows the stadium to change colours in response to different events and activities.
The stadium will feature modern amenities and advanced technology, and is specifically designed to positively address sustainability while minimising environmental impact and energy usage.
Allianz Field is designed by Kansas City-based Populous, a world leader in stadium architecture, with construction by Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction, one of the leading construction firms in the United States.
The club’s ownership group will finance the estimated $200 million stadium, which will be given to the city of St. Paul once construction is complete.
Stadium highlights include:
- 19,400 total seating capacity for the first year
- Potential expansion to 24,474
- 4 Hospitality Clubs and 22 Suites
- An intimate relationship between fans and players, with the farthest seat from the pitch at just 125 feet and the closest seat at 17 feet
- The stadium will have a low profile at 78 feet tall at its tallest point and 660 feet along its longest dimension. It will be built across 346,000 gross square feet of space.
- The stadium will feature a FIFA-compliant, natural grass, heated playing surface measuring 120 yards (110m) long by 75 yards (69m) wide
- A standing supporters section of 2,800 with a sharp rake that creates the most imposing wall of support in MLS
Minnesota United said the stadium is a fitting complement to the great venues throughout the world that carry the Allianz name — iconic stadiums in Munich, Germany; Turin, Italy; Nice, France; London, England; Vienna, Austria; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia. Allianz also partners with a diverse array of sports teams, including two of the most successful clubs in global soccer — FC Bayern München (since 2000) and FC Barcelona (since 2010).
As the newest landmark in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Allianz Field will be among the most state-of-the-art soccer stadiums in North America, and a place where members of the Twin Cities community can gather for a variety of events, ranging from MLS and global exhibition matches to youth soccer and community celebrations.