The new home of soccer in Minnesota will hold its grand opening in March 2019. Allianz Field will make its debut against NYCFC on April 13, but an official ceremony will inaugurate the Populous-designed facility before the spring kickoff.
Completely privately financed to the tune of $200 million, the project has taken shape on the 35-acre site of a former bus barn in the Saint Paul neighbourhood of Midway. The ring-shaped venue was announced in October 2015, addressing calls for a soccer-specific outdoor stadium with natural grass. It is currently designed to hold approximately 19,400 spectators, but can be expanded according to demand.
The area surrounding the stadium is largely devoted to green space. The Great Lawn covers 28,000 square feet on the north side of the building, including 20,500 square feet of grass. Irrigation will be provided by rainwater captured from the roof and stored in a 675,229-gallon tank underneath the space.
The exterior of the stadium is composed of a fibreglass weave laminated with PTFE. These panels can be illuminated in any colour, similar to Munich's Allianz Arena.