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Volume 25 No. 196
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Minnesota United's Allianz Field Taking Shape Ahead Of '19 Opening

Construction on Allianz Field is 95% complete, as the "vast majority of the exterior work is wrapped up," and the only things left are the "final quality checks," according to Jeff Rueter of THE ATHLETIC. The framework of Minnesota United's new stadium is "fully established, the seats are installed and the grass has taken root in its permanent home." Mortenson Construction Exec Greg Huber said, “We’re in the phase right now where we’re doing a lot of testing. Most of the raw construction is being completed at this point. We’re finishing at the suite level and club level." Rueter wrote Minnesota United accomplished a "fairly remarkable achievement by modern stadium building history" because the team "stuck to its initial renderings." Minnesota United Owner Bill McGuire said, “We’ve been very careful about testing and planning with the placement of our cameras. We’ve done a lot of sun studies both for the grass as well as what could be in somebody’s eye at any given time. The roofline is designed to help lower the light on the east side for people looking west.” McGuire and team Exec VP & CRO Bryant Pfeiffer feel that the stadium's "east sideline’s second deck boasts the consensus best seats in the house." A major point of emphasis during the initial construction phase was that the "seating would be built up, not out." By keeping the levels at a "similar plane, even the second level keeps a close proximity to the playing field" (THEATHLETIC.com, 12/17).