We have a name for the future home of Minnesota United FC, as the MLS team announces a naming-rights deal with Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America for Allianz Field, set to open in 2019.
The name works on a few levels. Yes, Allianz is a major player across the globe, holding naming rights to venues across the world — Munich, Germany; Turin, Italy; Nice, France; London, England; Vienna, Austria; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia. Allianz also partners with a diverse array of sports teams, including FC Bayern München (since 2000) and FC Barcelona (since 2010). But Allianz is also a major employer in the Twin Cities and has deep roots in the area, beginning as North American Life and Casualty Company in 1896.
“As a global company with a long tradition of stadium sponsorship and strong connection to soccer around the world, Allianz is proud to join Minnesota United FC in bringing this facility to soccer fans in our great state,” said Allianz Life President and CEO Walter White. “Allianz Field provides us with an opportunity to connect with audiences both new and old, share our passion for soccer and reinforce our ongoing commitment to supporting our community.”
“Allianz is a great Minnesota company that also has tremendous connections with soccer throughout the world,” said Dr. Bill McGuire, speaking on behalf of the ownership group and the team. “From our inception, Minnesota United has moved forward because of the participation and support of those who are committed to our community and all that it stands for, as well as the love of this great sport that is truly the world’s game. We are proud to partner with Allianz, a dynamic local company that contributes so much to Minnesota and beyond.”
The stadium will have a translucent PTFE laminate mesh skin and features LED lighting technology similar to Allianz Arena in Munich, which allows the stadium to change colors in response to different events and activities. The stadium will feature modern amenities and advanced technology, and is specifically designed to positively address sustainability while minimizing environmental impact and energy usage. Allianz Field is designed by Kansas City-based Populous, with construction by Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction, one of the leading construction firms in the United States.
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