Allianz Field, Minnesota United’s $250m new stadium, impresses at inaugural fixture

Allianz Field, Minnesota United’s $250m (€221m) new state-of-the-art stadium, opened to great acclaim on Saturday evening. A capacity 19,796 crowd watched Minnesota draw 3-3 against Major League Soccer rivals New York City FC.

The privately-financed facility in St Paul, which was designed by Populous, includes: a 2,920-seat, pyramid-shaped safe-standing supporters’ section; four premium hospitality clubs; a sophisticated underground heating system; a Brew Hall which includes a a 60-foot bar; and a permanent, year-round merchandise store.

The team has also created a new app to help fans engage with the venue, which has digital-only ticketing.

“We knew it was going to be a quite an emotional day and I was really proud for a lot of people,” Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath said after the game.

“I was so pleased for Dr McGuire [Bill McGuire, the Minnesota United owner] and the ownership group, it was something that was a dream, pie-in-the-sky two or three years ago, and now to see the stadium full, the atmosphere in the stadium, I was really pleased for a lot of people.”

“I think it represents what Bill and his partners’ vision was for this stadium; was to have it stand out and be a significant part of the landscape here in this community,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “This was an ambitious project and one that I think will set a new standard.”

The United States men’s national team will play the opening game of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup at the venue on June 18.

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