52K Minnesota United Fans Say So Long to TCF Bank Stadium

October 21, 2018 10:45 PM

It was a record-breaking day for Minnesota's major league soccer team, as more than 50,000 Minnesota United fans packed into TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.

The final home game marked the end of an important chapter in the team's history, but also kicked off a new era.


The match was the final game played at TCF, as the team moves into their new home next year at Allianz Field in St. Paul.

Attendance at Sunday's match came in at 52,242, breaking a record set back in 1976.

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Fans at the game said while they were excited to see the thousands of people at TCF Sunday, they are more excited to see their team get its own digs.

"I think it's going to be the hottest ticket in town," said season ticket holder Mark Frisvold. "We've been waiting for this moment. It's a big moment for soccer in Minnesota so we're very excited."

Chris Pignato, a fan who attended Sunday's match, said Allianz Field will be an intimate venue for a passionate fan base.

"You got 20,000 people within 100 yards of these players," Pignato said. "Whether it's electrifying our players or pushing down the other ones, that's something we don't have here."

The official lighting of Allianz Field happened after Sunday's match, as colors wrapped around the outside of the stadium.

Allianz Field is expected to be completed in February 2019, according to the team's website.


Kirsten Swanson

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