Minnesota United names Populous as stadium architect

November 24, 2015

Populous to design new soccer stadium at Snelling-Midway site in St. Paul

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., – Continuing the development process of its future Major League Soccer (MLS) home, Minnesota United FC today announced Populous as the lead architect for the new soccer stadium at the Snelling and I-94 site generally known as the Midway. Populous has worked on many of the top sports facilities – from training venues to Olympic stadiums – throughout the world.

“We are very pleased to formalize our relationship with Populous, a global leader in stadium design,” said Nick Rogers, president of Minnesota United FC.  “We have been having conversations with Bruce Miller and his team over the past two years and have every confidence that they are the right group to help us realize our vision of a world-class soccer stadium in the Twin Cities.”

The Kansas City-based sports architecture firm – recognized for its focus on environmentally sustainable projects – is a world leader in stadium design and event- based projects. Populous has created world-class soccer stadiums for top-tier clubs throughout the world, including Sporting KC (MLS), Olympique Lyonnais (FRA), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Arsenal (ENG), C.F. Monterrey (MEX), and the 2010 World Cup Final stadium in Johannesburg.

Populous was the lead architect on local several local stadium projects – including Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium – which have received national recognition for enhancing sporting events by creating environments that draw people and communities together. Some of their other impressive projects include Wimbledon’s Main Stadium, the stadiums for the 2000 Sydney and 2012 London Olympic Games, the new Yankee Stadium in New York City, and renovation projects for Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, Camden Yards in Baltimore, and Wembley Stadium in London.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to design another memorable sports experience for the Twin Cities,” said Bruce Miller, Senior Principal at Populous and lead architect for Minnesota United’s new stadium. “Major League Soccer has found a great home in St. Paul and our design team is excited about the opportunities to create a mixed-use entertainment destination that will thrive year-round.  The site’s central location, access to public transit and exposure on I-94 make it a model site for a Major League Soccer venue. As a building block in growing the Minnesota United brand, the stadium will become the heart and soul of soccer in the northern Midwest.”

In addition to the state-of-the-art completed projects, Populous is currently in the process of designing the new stadium for Orlando City SC (MLS).

Minnesota United was awarded an MLS franchise earlier this year in a highly competitive process that put Minneapolis – St. Paul ahead of other major markets in the United States. The club later announced its commitment to building a new, privately-financed soccer stadium at the Snelling-Midway site in St. Paul. The stadium is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

Further information about United’s future home can be accessed by visiting newstpaulstadium.com.
Fans can secure their spot in the new stadium by joining the crowds now. With the  purchase of 2016 season tickets, fans will receive their MLS priority number, giving them first choice of seats in the new stadium. Call 763.4SOCCER or visit MNUnitedFC.com/tickets to get tickets and reservations.





Populous, Inc. is a global architectural firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. The firm is centered on the principle of creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences.

Unrivaled knowledge at Populous – both visionary and technical – is unveiled through comprehensive planning and design services with experiential design at the core. The focus includes not just the individual buildings that define a community, such as sports architecture, conference and exhibition center architecture or aviation design, but also the urban fabric that weaves these buildings together.  Populous offers architecture, interior design, environmental graphics and way finding, event planning and overlay, master planning, urban planning and sustainable design consulting from offices on four continents, with primary locations in San Francisco, Denver, Kansas City, Boston, London and Brisbane.

In the world’s top cities and on more than 120 university campuses, the company has designed more than 2,000 projects worth $30 billion. Populous has been recognized 200 times over with global design awards, including three national American Institute of Architects awards and has repeatedly been listed as one of Fast Company magazine’s most innovative companies. Indicative of the firm’s vision and approach, designs for places like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympic Games, San Antonio’s McEnery Convention Center and Sporting Park have created emotional connections between people and the civic sports and entertainment places and events they love best.


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