Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Report: Target Field could be a temporary home for MN United

Author:

Could Target Field be a temporary home for the Minnesota United?

It's a possibility.

Sports Illustrated reports Major League Soccer wants to add both Atlanta and Minnesota in 2017, in an effort to keep an even number of teams in the league.

Minnesota United Owner Bill McGuire has announced the team's intentions to build a new outdoor soccer stadium in St. Paul. The franchise picked Mortenson Construction to design and lead the construction of the $120 million facility, but it's not expected to be ready for play until 2018.

That would mean the United would more than likely need a temporary home – for one season.

The Business Journal notes Target Field makes sense, because Twins owners Jim and Bob Pohlad are invested in the United, and the ballpark also has a grass surface, which is preferred by Major League Soccer.

That could present some big obstacles though. The MLS season overlaps with the Major League Baseball season and it would require some planning to reconfigure Target Field for soccer.

TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota's campus could be another option, and it's been used for soccer before. But the playing surface is not natural grass.

Next Up

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook has dislocated shoulder, will undergo MRI

The Vikings running back was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Kirk Cousins

Watch: Kirk Cousins lines up under guard on critical 4th down play

Kirk Cousins went "Full Kirk" at the worst possible time.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook injured, Vikings drop crucial game against 49ers

The Vikings couldn't stop the Niners' rushing attack in a 34-26 loss.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man airlifted to a hospital after police shooting in Forest Lake

Police allege that the man presented a threat to officers.

Minnesota Wild

Wild's two third-period goals take down the Lightning

Ryan Hartman's go-ahead goal defeated the two-time defending champions.

Byron Buxton

Reports: Twins reach extension with Byron Buxton

The long-term deal locks in one of the Twins' franchise players.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

Related