PHOTOS: St. Paul’s Major League Soccer field 75% done

Allianz field will also have a beer hall that will stay open on non-game days, along with a team store.

Edgar Linares
August 28, 2018 - 7:44 pm

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While construction crews move dirt outside Allianz Field in St Paul, workers are already installing seats inside the new 19,400-seat stadium. As of Tuesday, it’s 75 percent completed according to Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction who’s building the $200 million facility in St. Paul’s midway.

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“Over 25 percent of the project got accomplished in the last four months,” said Greg Huber, Allianz Field Project Manager.

At least one bathroom and one concession stand has been completed on the concourse and 70 percent of the structure is wrapped in Teflon that can change color using LED technology.

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In October, the stadium’s grass will be installed on their heated field. The grass is growing on a sod farm near Denver, Colorado, the same area where Target Field got theirs. Team owner Dr. Bill McGuire says installing real grass has always been the plan.

“That was never a question,” said Dr. McGuire. “Soccer is played on real grass everywhere in the world. We want to say we’re playing the world’s game and we want to be on par with the rest of the world, we should play in facilities that are designed for the sport, the athletes and the fans. And that means grass!”

The field’s high definition scoreboard, estimated to be 125 feet by 30 feet, is already hanging right above the supporters section of the stadium. That section has aluminum handrails where 2,800 fans will stand and stomp during an entire game, the section is painted with a giant loon head. On the other side, an old school scoreboard like the “Green Monster” at Fenway Park in Boston with an old fashion hand clock.

Allianz field will also have a “beer hall” that will stay open on non-game days, along with a team store. The team has also incorporating green elements like a new state-of-the-art rainwater reuse system.  

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The field is designed to give fans a more intimate experience because they brought the upper deck, club and suite levels closer to the field.

“Little steeper slope gets you on top of the action,” said Scott Amundson, with Mortenson. He then described the lower bowl area at Allianz compared to TCF Bank Stadium. “You go to TCF Bank you have a more gradual slope, you got more people in the lower bowl. So the upper bowl seating at TCF is set quite a bit further back from the playing surface.”

Minnesota United's first inaugural game at the new stadium will be in April of 2019.