Minnesota United vs Aston Villa: Kick-off time, highlights and all you need to know
Hundreds of Villa fans are expected to be out in Minnesota next week ahead of Wednesday’s friendly match.
Here’s an explainer on how best to watch Villa in America and places fans out in the US are expected to gather.
When do Villa play Minnesota United and what time’s kick-off?
The game against the MLS side takes place on Wednesday, July 17.
Kick-off is 7pm local time but 1am (Thursday, July 18) over here in the UK.
The game is not available to watch via Villa’s YouTube channel, a highlights package will be provided afterwards.
Where is the game being held?
Allianz Field. Minnesota’s spanking-new stadium holds 19,400 and it was only open three months ago.
The impressive ground mirrors that of Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena, albeit a much smaller version with blue lights.
The stadium is situated between St Paul and Minneapolis, two busy city states in Minnesota.
Where are fans meeting up?
A lot of Villa fans will be taking over Central Minneapolis, an eight-minute drive away from Allianz Field.
A number of US and UK-based Lions Clubs will be turning the Brit’s Pub into a sea of claret and blue.
The Brit’s is situated in a square with a number of eateries and bars nearby.
Buses are also being put on for supporters heading to and from the game on Wednesday, July 17.
How to buy tickets?
Tickets are still available via MLS-accredited ticketing website SeatGeek.com . Prices vary from anything between $22 to $182.
Villa fans will head to the North East entry on the corner of Shields Avenue and Simpson Place.
Supporters will congregate in the corner and Villa fans will be in sections 108 and 109 primarily.
The club has also put on a luxury five-day US VIP Tour package at a cost of £6,200. The details are here .
Beer hall has 96 taps!
There’s a huge Brew Hall situated in the north end of the stadium.
It features a 60-foot bar plus 96 beer taps as well as a number of huge TV screens.
Beers including Gluek Cream Ale and Loon Juice Honeycrisp Hard Cider are priced at $11.
A double American burger with chips is £13.5. There’s also brisket pub nachos too for $13.
To better ensure fan safety and expedite entry to Allianz Field, Minnesota United has a clear bag policy that limits the size and type of bags that can be brought into the stadium.
Minnesota United encourages fans not to bring a bag. You can view the club’s bag policy here .
What Minnesota said about hosting Villa
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming a club with a history as rich as Villa’s to Allianz Field,” said MNUFC CEO Chris Wright.
“From our head coach to our play-by-play commentator, we have some members of our team with ties to the club, and I’m personally excited to be bringing English football to our new home in Saint Paul.
“This event will only serve to deepen the connections between our clubs and, indeed, our connection to the game of soccer the world over.”
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Remember ex-Arsenal and Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone? Well, he’s currently No.1 for Minnesota having signed a loan deal from Reading.
Also, did you know, Minnesota are nicknamed The Loons!
What Aston Villa said about flying out to Minnesota
Dean Smith has already flown out to Minnesota to take a close look at the first-class facilities for what will be his first pre-season since taking over as head coach.
This tour will also provide the club with a commercial opportunity to fly the flag for Aston Villa and the city of Birmingham in the United States.
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A key element of the club’s ongoing strategy is to reach out to our fans all over the world both online and where possible in person by playing matches.
This match in Minnesota will give the opportunity for our US fans to watch the team first hand.