Minnesota United Stadium
Club: Minnesota United FC | Capacity: 19,916 seats | Scheduled opening: 2019 | Status: in planning
The Minnesota United Stadium is the planned new soccer-specific stadium of MLS expansion team Minnesota United.
The stadium was proposed alongside Minnesota’s pitch to join the MLS. Official plans got announced in late 2015, six months after Minnesota got awarded the MLS franchise. There was an official groundbreaking ceremony in December 2016, but actual construction has yet to start pending the resolution of some remaining land issues.
The stadium has a planned capacity of 19,916 seats, but this could end up between 20,000 and 21,500 seats, which includes safe standing spaces, club seats, and loges boxes. It could get further expanded in a later stage to just under 25,000 seats. It is expected to come at a cost of $150 million, which will be privately funded, though the city will pay towards infrastructure improvements.
The Minnesota United Stadium will be built in the Midway area of St. Paul which lies roughly 7.5 miles east of downtown Minneapolis and 5 miles west of downtown St. Paul. It is hoped that the stadium will help in revitalising the area.
The stadium was initially expected to be completed in 2018, but is now unlikely to be finished before 2019. Until then, Minnesota United play their matches at TCF Bank Stadium.
It is thought that Allianz has purchased the naming rights of the stadium, possibly resulting in the name Allianz Field, though this still has not been officially confirmed.