The 20,000-person stadium, slated to be finished for the 2018 season, is first piece of an ambitious multi-phase redevelopment plan for the Midway shopping center located at the corner of Snelling and University Avenues in St. Paul. The $150 million price tag for the stadium portion of the project will be funded through private investors including to McGuire, the Jim Pohlad, and Glen Taylor.
[shareprints gallery_id=”39048″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_100″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”4″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]The stadium will be fitted with a polymer mesh skin exterior that will allow sunlight through while protecting a majority of the seating area from elements. The skin and the 360-degree canopy will also dampened noise from the stadium. Other amenities included in the plans are:
- Three hospitality clubs
- Field heating system similar to TCF Bank Stadium and Target Field
- Distributed Antenna System for enhanced cell phone coverage
- High-Density WiFi for mobile device coverage
- 1,600 Square foot retail store
- Year-round uses located at street level to provide non-game day activity to the building
- A variety of suites, club seats, loge boxes and general seating
- Street level exterior materials of native Minnesota limestone, complementary burnished block, and glass
- Intimate seating bowl—furthest distance from spectator to the pitch is 125 feet
- Sustainably designed to minimize environmental impact and energy usage
Outside of the stadium, wide-open green spaces, large boulevard-like sidewalks, and residential, retail, entertainment, and office space are being figured into the long-term plan to fill out the rest of the 34.5-acre site. While there will be public investment from the City of St. Paul toward the infrastructure and improvements on the site, an estimate has not been made public as to how much that investment will be. The mayor is hopeful those figures will be available in the coming weeks.