Minnesota United reveals new renderings ahead of breaking ground

Major League Soccer expansion franchise Minnesota United has released new renderings of its future home stadium, which is due to be completed during the 2018 season.

The club will break ground on the 20,000-capacity stadium on Monday, with MLS commissioner Don Garber expected to be in attendance.

United said the stadium “will boast the latest in amenities and technology while also being sustainably designed to minimise environmental impact and energy usage”.

The club will finance the construction of the stadium, which is expected to cost about $150m (£119m/€140m), before it becomes publicly-owned once finished.

The facility will feature an elegant “flow” design concept with LED lighting throughout, while a 360-degree canopy will also overhang the bowl. The canopy is designed to protect fans and players from adverse weather conditions and reduce light and noise from spilling into the neighbourhood.

Other stadium features include a 1,600 square foot retail store and a distributed antenna system for enhanced cell phone coverage.

Minnesota United was awarded an MLS franchise in 2015 and will enter the league next year. The team will play at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota until the new facility is ready.

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