It was a special Sunday for football fans in Minneapolis and all of Minnesota. With the state seeing new attendance record for 'soccer', supporters also saw the impressive illumination of Allianz Field, where MNUFC are about to move.
It was supposed to be a one-of-a-kind Sunday for Minnesota United fans and it proved to be one, even if their players could keep up with favoured L.A. Galaxy, who won 3:1 on the field. Off the field, however, history was made.
52,242 people came to the game at TCF Bank Stadium (temporary home of MNUFC), setting new record for football/soccer attendance across Minnesota and showing just how much the discipline is growing in USA.
The event was special for one more reason. As the floodlighting at TCF Bank Stadium went out, illumination was started for the first time at Allianz Field, under construction just 5 kilometers south-east, in Saint Paul.
Of course there wasn't a direct way to enjoy the view, so it was displayed at the giant screen inside. Blue light brought the new venue to life, showing how well the dynamic facade looks both in general and up close. Even the seams between strips of membrane are shaped and angled in a way to resemble feather's vanes, staying faithful to the MNUFC symbol: the loon.
What may prove more problematic in the long run is Allianz Field's actual size. Designed for crowds of under 20,000 people, the building is already below the team's 2018 attendance of nearly 24,000 per game!
So far enthusiasm for the stadium is growing as most elements are complete. Under construction for almost two years, the stadium even has the seats and a lot of branding in place. Currently works focus around the field and direct surroundings. We weren't allowed to show progress of this project in our Construction section, however.