Allianz Field officially opens

$200 million dollar stadium will host first match next month

Adam Carter
March 18, 2019 - 6:50 pm

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Minnesota's newest major sports venue is now officially open.  

A celebration was held Monday to christen Allianz Field, the 20,000-seat home to Minnesota United FC.

 

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Bill McGuire is owner of Minnesota's Major League Soccer franchise and says the stadium is already proving to be a huge boost to the Twin Cities, especially St. Paul's Midway.

"You see a building that was built totally with private money, but an infrastructure around it that sets the stage for new building, new residences, new retail, things that will make this (neighborhood) an overall much better area," he said.

Since joining MLS in 2017, the Loons have been playing home matches at TCF Bank Stadium.

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber was on hand for today's opening.  He says McGuire's vision has led to a world-class facility.

"He has such an unbelieveable touch and vision for what it is that he believes can represent the beauty of big buildings and facilities," Garber said.  "From the very get-go, this stadium he promised us, and he's over-delivered on it, would be an icon in the north."

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The $200 million stadium hosts its first soccer match on April 13th when the Loons take on New York City FC.  


 

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