New stadium makes its stunning debut.
Allianz FieldSM officially opened its doors on Saturday, April 13 when Minnesota United battled New York City FC to a 3-3 draw in front of nearly 20,000 enthusiastic first-time visitors, as well as a national TV audience. The stadium, which has been hotly anticipated since it was announced back in 2015, is the 20th soccer-specific stadium built in the U.S. since Major League Soccer debuted in 1996.
Described by MNUFC Managing Partner Dr. Bill McGuire as L'Etoile du Nord – the star of the north – Allianz Field’s unique design and countless amenities were met with rave reviews from both soccer fans and people simply eager to be part of the stadium’s grand opening festivities. From the Brew Hall and its 96 taps to the safe-standing supporters section built for more than 2,900 of the team’s most loyal fans, no stone was left unturned in construction of a building that has set the standard for soccer stadiums in North America.
Regarding the partnership, McGuire noted “Allianz was a natural choice because Allianz Life’s North American headquarters is in Minneapolis – they are a great local company with great values and a desire to be engaged in this community.” Allianz Life® President and CEO Walter White echoed those comments on community support: “The fact that the ownership group was building this without taxpayer support was appealing. They had the right interest of the community in mind. We’ve always been heavily involved in the community, and with this neighborhood being in transition, we think the field will really give it a boost.”
Allianz Field has already become an iconic part of the Twin Cities landscape, particularly when the stadium’s signature PTFE exterior is fully illuminated. In addition to welcoming fans for 17 Minnesota United regular season home games in 2019, Allianz Field will also host Group D of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup (including the United States Men’s National Team) on Tuesday, June 18 and the annual Tommie-Johnnie Division III football game on Saturday, October 19 – the first-ever American football game played at Allianz Field.
Allianz Field is the eighth stadium to join the Allianz global family of stadiums including locations in Munich, Germany; Sydney, Australia; London, England; Nice, France; São Paulo, Brazil; Vienna, Austria; and Turin, Italy.
Allianz Field fast facts:
- Cost to build: $250 million – 100% private funding
- Closest seat to the field: 17 feet
- Furthest seat to the field: 125 feet
- Seating capacity: 19,400
- Total square feet of built space: 346,000
- Size of playing field: 120 x 75