Pro soccer fans have a lot to cheer about in Minnesota. Part of the North American Soccer League (NASL), Minnesota United FC first took the field under its new name in 2013. The league, which was reborn in 2011, includes 10 teams from the U.S. and Canada and continues to grow each season.
United FC's home field is the stadium at the National Sports Center in Blaine, a 600-acre multi-sport facility that attracts more than 4 million visitors a year. The outdoor stadium has seating for 8,500 fans, and the energy level is high on game days.
Keep an eye out for the three official fan groups: The Dark Clouds, Wolf's Head and Loon's Nest. In particular, The Dark Clouds can be found tailgating before every game and are known for their creative chants and signs.
The season runs from April through October, with most home games kicking off at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Single-game tickets can be purchased by phone, online or at the box office and start at $15.