Minnesota United unveil stadium design



As Minnesota United gets closer to making the jump to MLS, today they gave the public a first look at the stadium they will call home starting in 2018.

“This world-class venue will not only offer our fans an iconic professional soccer experience, but also provide our team with the necessary tools to establish themselves as a top-tier professional soccer club,” said McGuire, principal owner of Minnesota United FC.  “We want this facility to be the cornerstone of professional soccer throughout our state and the North. We expect this facility to serve as a catalyst for additional development that inspires greater livability in this area. We are proud to say that the fulfillment all of these goals appears to be on track.”

The thoroughly modern design unveiled Wednesday afternoon features a glass roof that wraps all the way around the stadium, protecting fans from the elements. The natural grass field will be heated from below as a bulwark against Minnesota winters. The stadium will occupy a currently-undeveloped site in St. Paul. Most importantly, it will be near public transit.

United has been rather tight-lipped about the stadium design throughout the stadium process, preferring to finalize details before going public. With today’s unveiling, the club noted that capacity would be as high as 23,500, and that there will be a standing terrace for supporters.

The team will fund the construction of the stadium, now estimated to cost $150 million.

The design may still change between now and opening in 2018. DC United’s new stadium, for example, has been revised since the original renderings the public first saw in 2014.

Here are more renderings from the proposed stadium:

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  • Pele

    Finally an MLS stadium will be ready for the August to May schedule, for those who think MLS wouldn’t survive in the cold states.
    For those cheap owners in MLS, make your stadium with your city climate in mind.
    By the way, a roof cover is essential in a soccer stadium, many MLS owners don’t understand soccer and what soccer is to a fan.
    Would you make an NBA or NHL arena with no roof cover, of course not.
    Would you make a basketball ball court with rubber, of course not.
    MLS has sucky stadiums and with fake grass.
    Hopefully Minnesota, nycfc, LAFC, Miami will take MLS to the next level with their stadium design and pressure other teams to remodel their stadium.
    For example, I never thought Galaxy would have an MLS 1.0 stadium after all these expansion stadiums.

    • Guest

      This is not a covered stadium. Look for other pics they released.