Minnesota United’s Allianz Field is complete
ST. PAUL -- Construction on the professional soccer stadium in the heart of St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood is complete.
Mortenson Construction announced it has finished work on Allianz Field, the $250 million facility at Snelling and University avenues.
The stadium is believed to be the largest private building project in city history. It has 19,400 seats with room for expansion.
The facility will be home to Minnesota United, a Major League Soccer team that will play its inaugural home opener on April 13 against New York City FC.
Minneapolis-based Mortenson said Wednesday that it had turned over control of the facility to Minnesota United after 20 months of work. Greg Huber, Mortenson’s project executive, said in a written statement that the work “has been an amazing journey. … We worked through two tough winters. The fact that we were able to stay on schedule is a testament to all of the people who had the commitment and passion to build this incredible stadium.”
Huber called the bowl-shaped dome a “catalyst to reinvigorate and further redevelop the historical Midway.”
Allianz Field, designed by Populous of Kansas City, Mo., features a translucent exterior skin made of polytetrafluoroethylene wrapped over LED lighting, allowing the team to change its color scheme with the press of a button.
The natural-grass playing surface is sunken below street level, which will help blunt noise from the open-roof stadium.
Other details of the facility include:
• Water collected from the roof and other surfaces flows into a stormwater system built by the city to serve the entire 35-acre development surrounding the stadium.
• The stadium is surrounded by 192 mature trees fed by the new stormwater system.
• Nearly 3 acres of new public green space surround the stadium and link the facility to University Avenue.
• Construction required 650,000 hours of on-site work performed by 2,020 individuals. In all, minority workers completed 33 percent of the work hours, and another 11 percent by women.
• More than 90 percent of the construction work came from Minnesota companies.
In a written statement, team owner Dr. Bill McGuire called Allianz Field “beautiful and unique, environmentally-sensitive, intimate and fan-oriented, and true to the sport of soccer and those who love the game. It is arguably the finest soccer stadium in North America.”
City officials have expressed optimism that the stadium — built at the former site of a Rainbow grocery store and a Metropolitan Council bus storage lot — will bring new energy to a somewhat-faded corner of the Midway business and entertainment district.
Mortenson remains the development manager for the Midway Shopping Center and the 35 acres surrounding the stadium itself, with the expectation that new businesses and real estate development will follow.
While the stadium itself is privately funded, roughly $20 million in public funds went into the infrastructure, environmental cleanup and public areas surrounding it.