There’s been a lot of chatter about the proposed MLS expansion franchise possibly coming to St. Paul, especially since owners have released new architectural renderings of a stadium that’s being planned for St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood.
After several rounds of updates, the latest version was just released late last month, and to say the design is impressive would be quite the understatement. Kansas City-based architectural firm Populous is behind the unique layout, which is best described as having a sleek glass exterior that contains LED lights that not only give the stadium a distinct glow, but are also capable of changing colors depending on the event.
The exact site of the new St. Paul soccer stadium is located just north of Interstate 94 between Snelling and Pascall avenues. Included in the latest release are what’s being called two temporary parking lots between Snelling Avenue and the stadium, which was land that was previously going to be used for addition commercial buildings to help anchor the entire redevelopment of the property.
As for whether or not the stadium will actually be built, state lawmakers have reportedly passed two of the three requests made by team ownership and the city of St. Paul, which include a property tax exemption for the land and the stadium and a stadium liquor license as well. The other issue, which has not yet been satisfied, involves forgiveness of sales taxes for construction materials should the project move forward.