Minnesota United FC's new soccer stadium has the space it needs now

Reports say the team's owner reached a deal to gain control of key land.

Minnesota United's new 19,400-seat Allianz Field has the space it needs now to be built in time for the 2019 MLS season.

Both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press report the team's owner, Bill McGuire, reached a deal to gain control of some Midway Shopping Center land.

Why does that matter?

Allianz Field will be in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, at the intersection of Snelling and University avenues and bumping up along the I-94 highway. Here's a map from the city:

As you can see, RK Midway owns some of the land. 

United's stadium won't cover the entire area – but it will creep up toward the center buildings on the map above, where there's currently a few tenants including a Rainbow and Walgreen's

Like this:

The team needed to get control of those Midway properties in order to clear the way for the stadium to fit, the papers explained, with the Pioneer Press calling this "the last major impediment."

Along with the creation of Allianz Field, the city's goal for the project is "to create a new urban village surrounding the stadium that includes retail, office, residential and public open space uses."

Minnesota United will open play at the St. Paul stadium in 2019 (a year later than planned). The facility is a $150-million project, with construction being paid for privately – meaning no tax dollars are funding it. 

There were some tax breaks that helped get the project finalized, however.

The field will be Colorado-grown natural grass.

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