Allianz Field Construction - 1/19/18 Photo by Brian Quarstad
Minnesota United’s Allianz Field Construction: A Photo Essay
Two months ago, Minnesota United held a steel raising ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the above ground work that was to begin on Allianz Field. Up to that point all work had been at or below ground level. The event was held on November 19. Exactly two months later, through the holidays and many days of below zero temperatures, the construction crews working for Mortenson Construction have made phenomenal progress.
I know not everyone has an MLS stadium being built one half mile from their house like I do. So here are some photos to give you perspective on the progress of the Loons’ new home, which is in the Union Park neighborhood of St. Paul and scheduled to be open for the 2019 season.
Photos of the southeast corner of the stadium on November 19 (the date of the team’s steel raising ceremony) and January 19. Photos by Brian Quarstad.
St. Anthony Avenue, which runs on the south side of the stadium, has been closed for a month while roof trusses are assembled.
The Rainbow Foods which was still standing in November has been removed and the north end of the stadium is bring prepared for construction. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
Charcoal gray precast concrete with abstract designs will serve as the visual base of the stadium. About half the stadium is currently surrounded by the exterior wall. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
A steel worker reaches to pull a beam supported by a crane into place. Photo by Brian Quarstad
The Midway Bank building which has been empty for years and sits on the northwest corner of the Midway Centre, was demolished in a week giving new views in both directions. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
With the demolition of the bank, stadium construction can now be seen from the north side of the University and Snelling intersection. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
A striking profile of the stadium can be viewed from the Cub Foods parking lot just east of the stadium. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
A barrier at Pascal and St. Anthony display an image of Allianz Field with the actual stadium rising behind it. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
Work being done on the north side of the stadium with precast concrete east stands in the background. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
Steel supports for what will be the west side of the stadium which will include stadium suites and a bar/restaurant. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
The southeast corner of the stadium is a maze of steel. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
The outside of the steel frames have many of these plates where the curved steel exterior frames will connect to support the PTFE Skin wrapped around the stadium. Photo by Brian Quarstad.
Progress can be seen from south side of I-94 looking north. While the profile of the stadium is large, the height is still relatively low compared to US Bank and TCF Bank Stadiums.
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