First steel column raised at St. Paul soccer stadium

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The new Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota is finally starting to take shape. 

The first steel column was raised at the site of the future Allianz Field on Tuesday afternoon. Now that the steel has arrived at the site, Minnesota United officials say the outline of the structure will soon be visible. 

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, city council member Dai Thao, Allianz CEO Walter White and several members of the Minnesota United front office attended the ceremony. 

Construction on the $150 million privately financed stadium began in June. When complete, the stadium will seat 19,400 fans and take up approximately 12 city blocks. 

Allianz Field is set to open in spring 2019. In the meantime, the Minnesota United will continue to play their home matches at TCF Bank Stadium. The club averaged more than 20,500 fans per match in its inaugural season in 2017.