This week’s Throwback Thursday hits close to home for those of us working in the National Sports Center. I mean that literally; the clock once used on NSC Stadium’s manual scoreboard now sits in our office!
Here are some facts about the clock:
- It was unveiled in spring 2010, so it was available for the NSC’s one season owning the Minnesota Stars. The clock and scoreboard remained in NSC Stadium for the team’s home games until the Stars joined the MLS, became Minnesota United and moved their home games to TCF Bank Stadium in 2017. The clock and scoreboard were removed while the stadium underwent renovations from 2017-18.
- The clock is in old-school analog style, which matched the manual scoreboard. The National Sports Center decided to go with this design after three Twin Cities soccer fans — Neal Logan, Bruce McGuire and Andy Wattenhofer — saw a similar one at FC St. Pauli Stadium while in Germany for the 2006 World Cup. Logan, a project manager at an architectural firm, pitched the idea of a manual scoreboard at a National Sports Center stakeholders meeting in mid-January 2010, and the creation was unveiled three months later.
- The scoreboard and clock at Minnesota United’s new stadium, Allianz Field in St. Paul, are modeled after that of the National Sports Center as an homage to the state’s soccer history.