Allianz Field

Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Services

    Architecture, Brand Activation, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Urban Design

  • Typologies


  • Building Activities


  • Location

    North America

  • Completion


The new home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United, Allianz Field boasts the latest in amenities and technology while also being sustainably-designed to minimize environmental impact and energy usage. Its elegant “flow” design concept features LED lighting throughout the facility. The 360-degree canopy over the bowl protects fans and players from the elements, reduces light and noise from spilling into the neighborhood, and creates an intimate and intimidating home pitch atmosphere. The building is designed to be a soccer-first facility while also hosting events year-round.

Allianz Field also responds to its environment in ways that might go unnoticed, but not unappreciated, by the layperson. With a steady stream of cars zooming by on I-94, the stadium’s southern profile rises up to greet them. To the north resides the historic Midway neighborhood, so the stadium scales down to a more approachable and human scale.

Keeping the holistic design approach in mind, we also designed custom wayfinding signage that fully integrated MNUFC’s brand into the stadium, going so far as to literally wrap around structural elements. Developed in collaboration with Twin Cities-based branding agency Zeus Jones and inspired by the MNUFC crest, the signage uses a folding theme to mimic a scarf or ribbon.

  • The team story continues with large-scale Loon graphics and an analog game clock paying homage to the team’s previous home.
  • Allianz Field's jaw-dropping aesthetic carries over and into its hospitality spaces.
  • Allianz Field's jaw-dropping aesthetic carries over and into its hospitality spaces.
  • Allianz Field's jaw-dropping aesthetic carries over and into its hospitality spaces.

Sticking with the neighborly theme, one of Allianz Field’s most welcoming and expansive spaces is a 28,000-square-foot Great Lawn situated to the north. The green space invites the public in year-round with lush Kentucky Bluegrass and a variety of native trees picked to maximize shade and produce brilliant fall foliage. Altogether, the site’s landscape and urban design have turned a once-contaminated and vacant plot into the charming first act of a bigger production. The match day atmosphere has already been hailed by the likes of ESPN, who called it the best MLS stadium experience in a 2019 feature. The team, likewise, has lifted its level of play to playoff caliber.

Allianz Field is extraordinary: beautiful and unique, environmentally-sensitive, intimate and fan-oriented, and true to the sport of soccer.

Facts and Figures
Exterior LED lights
Furthest seat from pitch
125 ft
Best MLS Stadium Experience | ESPN
Architecture XLarge: Citation | AIA Kansas City
Award of Merit | Brillance Awards
Award of Excellence (2nd place) | ACEC Colorado
Project Team

Bruce Miller

Mitchell Brown

Mike Donovan

Phil Kolbo

Hugo Cabrera

Wesley Crosby

Jemma Radick

Justin Cox

Amy Stortz Miller

Justin Bae

Mitchell Rybacki