Minnesota United & Bell Bank Host Inaugural Saint Paul Cup at Allianz Field

Minnesota United, Saint Paul Public Schools and the City of Saint Paul announce the inaugural Saint Paul Cup presented by Bell Bank and hosted at Allianz Field on Friday, October 7 with Washington Technology Magnet School and Harding High School becomes.

The Saint Paul Cup, inspired by the Mayor’s Cup, is a doubleheader featuring the boys’ and girls’ varsity football teams, pitting two Saint Paul high schools against each other in back-to-back games. The opening match between Washington and Harding begins at 5:30 pm CT with the boys match and the girls play at 7:30 pm CT. Gates open at 4:30pm CT.

In light of the success of the 2021 Mayor’s Cup at Allianz Field, Minnesota United and Bell Bank have worked in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools and the City of Saint Paul to create a new annual game for Saint Paul High Schools to participate in and where they can attend the home of the Loons. Similar to the Mayor’s Cup, the Saint Paul Cup will feature Saint Paul’s public high schools, showcase local talent and promote the game of football in the city of Saint Paul.

“Last year the Mayor’s Cup was a great event for our community. The student athletes who took part, and the thousands of fans who cheered them on, created a night of football to remember,” said Shari Ballard, CEO of Minnesota United. “Our mission at Minnesota United is to ‘elevate football, the sport of the world, thereby inspiring and uniting the community.’ Along with our generous partners at Bell Bank, we were very proud to be able to share our home with students and families from Como Park and Humboldt High Schools. We are very excited to launch the Saint Paul Cup at Allianz Field this year and are grateful to Bell Bank for their continued support in providing this opportunity to these exceptional Saint Paul athletes.”

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This year’s participating schools were selected by an advisory board including representatives from Minnesota United, the Saint Paul Mayor’s Office and Saint Paul Public High Schools. Each year, different SPPS high schools are selected to play. Loons’ goalie and Saint Paul native Fred Emmings and defenseman and Maplewood native Devin Padelford surprised the Washington and Harding high school varsity teams in their first duel of the season on September 20 to educate them about their selection for the first Saint Paul Cup to inform .

“Saint Paul Public Schools are proud to be part of the inaugural Saint Paul Cup at Allianz Field. This game will be a once in a lifetime experience for the student-athletes, coaches and families at Washington Technology Magnet School and Harding High School,” said SPPS Superintendent Joe Gothard. “Participating in athletics opens so many doors for our young people and we know this opportunity is one these hard-working students will never forget.”

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Allianz Field and Bell Bank welcome students, families and all fans of Technology Magnet School and Harding High School to support their teams for free. The free tickets can be claimed on SeatGeek, with a limited number of tickets available.

“United for Good is our mantra when it comes to how we bring our communities together through football,” said Katie Mattis Sarver, Bell Bank’s Community Development Officer. “At Bell Bank we strive to bring people together by giving them access to experiences and opportunities. You never know what will become the catalyst or connection that inspires someone to reach their full potential. The original idea was to expand our support for the Mayor’s Cup, but high school athletic directors wanted all St. Paul Public High School football programs to have access to playing experiences at a world-class stadium in their own backyard, which proves it here, too the best ideas come from listening and collaborating. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of high school sports and we are grateful that the collective groups come together to create lifelong memories for the players and the fans.”

The soccer-specific Allianz Field represents the home of Minnesota soccer, not just for the team, but for world soccer in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and upper Midwest. With a seating capacity of 19,600, clear sightlines, a natural grass turf, premium and club rooms for games and events, a 96-tap brewhouse, a public Great Lawn and many other amenities, the Twin Cities’ newest stadium will serve as a beacon for the sport and community in and around the Midway area of ​​Saint Paul and beyond.

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About Saint Paul Public Schools:

Our mission at Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is both bold and simple: to inspire students to think critically, pursue their dreams and change the world. SPPS is one of Minnesota’s largest school districts with more than 32,000 students. Highly qualified and highly dedicated staff, cutting-edge academic programs and strong community support are hallmarks of the district. At SPPS, our student body is diverse. Our students speak more than 125 languages ​​and share their ideas and cultures with their classmates and teachers every day.

Founded in 1966 in Fargo, ND, Bell Bank (member of the FDIC) is the Official Bank of Minnesota United Football Club and is one of the nation’s largest family and employee-owned banks. Now with seven full-service banks in the Twin Cities Metro. Bell is consistently recognized as an award-winning bank and employer, and was recently named one of People magazine’s 100 Companies That Care. Since 2008, Bell has facilitated more than $18 million in charitable giving through its unique Pay It Forward program, which provides each employee with funds each year that they can choose to donate to an individual, family or organization in need.

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