Bill McGuire overlooks Allianz Field. Photo by Brian Quarstad

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Allianz Field Construction Passes Halfway Mark

by on 4 May 2018

In honor of Mortenson Construction passing the 50% completion mark of Minnesota United’s Allianz Field, the team held a stadium tour for the media on Thursday.  While the exterior of the stadium is visually appealing even without it’s PTFE skin, the interior is even more impressive.

Once inside the 19,400-seat stadium, it appears even larger than the outside—the field is set a story below ground. Yet Allianz Field also feels intimate with seats close to the field and the roof now wrapping around most of the stadium.

Most of the major steel work has been completed and three of the four corners are now connected. The 2,800 safe standing supporters section, often referred to as “the Wonderwall,” is currently being worked on and it’s quite impressive. The 34° angle is steep and the opposition will be facing a wall of Loons supporters.

Supporters standing section. Photo credit Brian Quarstad.

Mortenson’s project manager Greg Huber, reminded everyone that steel was first set into place only in late November. Viewing the stadium it’s hard to believe. The progress made in five months has been stunning. The driver tubes on the exterior which appear to undulate like water, are over 50% completed.

Driver tubes. Photo credit Brian Quarstad.

The PTFE exterior skin which will wrap around those tubes has arrived on site and will begin being installed as early as next week. Huber said the LED lights that will illuminate the PTFE from the interior are mostly installed.

PTFE mesh that will be installed on the exterior of the stadium. Photo credit Brian Quarstad.

The PTFE is a laminated mesh that allows light to to penetrate but most of the material is an opaque silver color. The mesh is closed so no wind or water can penetrate through it. “Architecturally it’s super interesting and will really be a unique stadium in the world,” said Huber.

West Stands and suites. Photo credit Brian Quarstad.

The workforce on site will increase by at least one hundred workers in the next few weeks. Huber says it will be a busy summer with work focused more on electrical and mechanical.

East stands. Photo credit Brian Quarstad.

With the project still on track to be completed mid February 2019, Minnesota United principal owner Bill McGuire said the stadium’s inaugural game is still undetermined but expects it will probably be sometime in April. He added that with the early season and Minnesota winters, it would probably be difficult to schedule any sort of event before that 2019 home opener.

“The combination of architecture and functionality with the game-day experience is pretty overwhelming.”
Bill McGuire


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