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Red Bull Arena
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Former names Red Bull Park (2006-08) prior to opening
Location Harrison, New Jersey
Broke ground September 19, 2006
Opened March 20, 2010 (planned)
Owner Red Bull GmbH
Operator Red Bull GmbH
Surface Grass
Construction cost $180–$200 million USD (estimate)[1]
Architect Rossetti architects
Capacity 25,189[2] (2010)
New York Red Bulls (MLS) (starting in 2010)

Red Bull Arena is a soccer-specific stadium located in Harrison, New Jersey, a suburb of Newark, New Jersey. It is the home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer (MLS). Red Bull Arena has a capacity of about 25,000 and features a full, translucent, European-style roof that covers all of the seats in the stadium but not the field. The stadium sits alongside the Passaic River with a view of the Newark skyline to the west, and New York City and Jersey City further off in a distance to the east. The stadium is accessible via public transportation at the PATH train station in Harrison.

The construction project was beset with delays. The original plan, announced on July 1, 2004, was to move the MetroStars (as Red Bull New York was known at the time) from their current home at Giants Stadium by the beginning of the 2006 season.[3] Negotiations between MLS and the state of New Jersey dragged on until an agreement was announced on August 5, 2005, for the MetroStars to begin playing there in the 2007 season. Concerns about environmental clean-up at the site forced another delay.[4] Additionally, though the groundbreaking took place September 19, 2006 and construction was set for November 2007, that was delayed by one month when Red Bull bought out the MetroStars club from Anschutz Entertainment Group, changing the club's name in the process.[5][6] After projections of opening during the 2008, and then the 2009 season, on January 23, 2009, it was announced that the arena opening would be delayed until 2010.[7]


Red Bull buyout and new design

In addition to purchasing the team, Red Bull bought out AEG's $100 million share of the stadium, an after effect of lasting disagreements between the two corporations regarding their plans for the facility. Their differences prompted a significant delay in the early stages of the stadium's construction. After the naming rights of the soccer team were acquired, leading to the name Red Bull Park, Red Bull instituted a number of changes to the stadium's original design, which sparked tension between the Austrian-based energy drink company and AEG. Red Bull opted out of AEG's plan to construct a stage in the stadium for performances, one that would have increased profit margins for the group.[8][9]

Construction of Red Bull Park began in late December 2007 with an undetermined 2009 completion date. The updated design was completed by Rossetti architects from Los Angeles and will be built by New Jersey-based Hunter Roberts Construction Group, LLC. The new design features a roof extending just past the field's touchlines with 60 feet (18 m) of the roof being transparent to allow for natural light. The first row of seating is to be approximately 21 feet (6.4 m) from the touchlines. The design is on par with those of soccer stadiums around the world.[10][11] It will look similar to the Hypo-Arena in Klagenfurt, Austria in appearance.[12] The stadium has 30 luxury suites and 1,116 premium seats.[13]


Red Bull Arena under construction in Harrison, New Jersey on March 10th, 2009.
Red Bull Arena interior in Harrison, New Jersey on November 6th, 2009.
November 2009

Construction commenced on Red Bull Park on January 3, 2008, including the first of 3,000 timber piles driven into the ground to support the new stadium. On January 11, 2008, Erik Stover was announced as the new GM of Red Bull Arena during construction and then on after. He has served as GM of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego since 2005.[14] On February 20, 2008, a CAN$28–$30 million contract was announced with Structal-Heavy Steel Construction to assist in the fabrication and construction of steel components. Fabrication began offsite in the second quarter of 2008, and erection in Fall, 2008.[15] Erection was performed by Stonebridge Steel Erection Co., Inc of South Plainfield, New Jersey. Total project size is estimated at 9,000 tons of structural steel.

By Summer 2008, many news sources—both online and print—published articles doubting the ability of the project to be finished on schedule. They cited the lack of physical structure on the site. However, Managing Director Erik Stover sent an email to season ticket holders on August 1, 2008 stating that construction is still within the 2009 timetable. The email indicated that all underground work and piles are completed. The first steel girder was put in place on August 19, 2008.[16] The arena was reported by the New York Times to be 55% complete on March 27, 2009.[11] The last major beam for the roof was topped out on April 14, 2009.[17] Enclosure panels started going up on May 7, 2009.[18] The first section of the Red Bull Arena roof was completed in August 2009.[19] The underground drainage and turf-heating system installation began on August 18, 2009.[20] It has been announced that the stadium would be opened on March 27, 2010 as the Red Bulls will begin their season against the Chicago Fire. The Red Bulls' Under-18 Academy was to face the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team on March 13 at 4:30 PM ET in the "soft opening" of Red Bull Arena.[21]. However, that game was canceled due to a severe nor'easter that struck the area.

Name change

On August 18, 2008, the club announced that the name of the stadium had been changed from Red Bull Park to Red Bull Arena.[22]

Upcoming fixtures

Date Time (ET) Tournament Home Team Away Team Result
March 13, 2010 4:30 PM Friendly NY Red Bulls U-18  United States U-17 Men's National Soccer Team Cancelled
March 20, 2010 6:00 PM Friendly NY Red Bulls Brazil Santos FC
March 27, 2010 7:00 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Chicago Fire
April 17, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls FC Dallas
April 24, 2010 4:00 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Philadelphia Union
May 15, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Seattle Sounders FC
May 20, 2010 8:00 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Columbus Crew
May 22, 2010[23] 12:30 PM Friendly  Czech Republic  Turkey
June 2, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Houston Dynamo
June 5, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Chivas USA
June 19, 2010[24] TBA Churchill Cup Final Tripleheader (Rugby) Russia, USA, England Saxons Canada, Uruguay, France A
July 10, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls DC United
August 11, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Toronto FC
August 14, 2010 6:00 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls LA Galaxy
August 28, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls San Jose Earthquakes
September 11, 2010 4:00 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Colorado Rapids
October 2, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Kansas City Wizards
October 9, 2010 4:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls Real Salt Lake
October 21, 2010 7:30 PM Regular Season NY Red Bulls New England Revolution
November 12, 2010 TBA Big East Men's Championship[25] TBA TBA
November 14, 2010 TBA Big East Men's Championship[25] TBA TBA



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  2. ^ "Red Bulls reveal updated design of Red Bull Park". 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  3. ^ Bell, Jack (2004-07-01). "MetroStars' New Home Is Nearly a Reality". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Stadium Delay; Red Bull Park Opening Pushed Back to Late Third Quarter in 2008, Could Open in 2009". 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ New York Red Bulls (2006-08-11). "AEG Announces Red Bull Park Groundbreaking Plans". Press release. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  6. ^ "The Stadium Details". 2006-09-13. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  7. ^ Wentworth, Bridget (2009-01-23). "Opening of Red Bulls' new stadium pushed back a year". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  8. ^ "End of a Marriage; Red Bull Negotiating to Buy Out Red Bull Park from AEG". 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  9. ^ "N.Y. now full owners of new park". 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  10. ^ "Red Bulls reveal updated design of Red Bull Park". 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  11. ^ a b Bell, Jack (2009-03-27). "With Red Bull Arena, Building for Future and for Fans". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  12. ^ "EURO 2008 news updates - Bangkok Post & AFP". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  13. ^ "FACTS AND FIGURES". Redbull Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  14. ^ "Park Boss; Stover to Be Red Bull Park GM". 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  15. ^ Canam Group (2008-02-20). "Structal Secures a CAN$30 M Contract for the Construction of Red Bull Park, the New Home of the New York Red Bulls". Press release.!open. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  16. ^ Villanova, Patrick (2008-08-20). "Red Bull Arena's 1st beam in place". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  17. ^ "Red Bull Arena in Harrison 'topped off'". DailyHarrison. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  18. ^ "First panel of Red Bull Arena roof installed". DailyHarrison. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "SubAir system installation begins at Red Bull Arena". 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  21. ^ "Red Bull Arena soft open set for March 13". 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  22. ^ First Piece Of Steel Goes In Renamed Arena
  23. ^ "Czechs vs. Turks". 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  24. ^ "Churchill Cup VII Details Released". Churchill Cup. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  25. ^ a b Big East Conference (2009-12-11). "The Big East and Red Bull New York Announce Partnership for the League's Men's Soccer Championship". Press release. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  26. ^ "New York Red Bulls Schedule 2010". Retrieved 2010-02-27. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′15″N 74°09′14″W / 40.737411°N 74.153763°W / 40.737411; -74.153763



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