Red Bull Arena (New Jersey)

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Red Bull Arena
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Former names Red Bull Park (2006–08) prior to opening
Location 600 Cape May Street
Harrison,[1] NJ 07029
Coordinates 40°44′12″N 74°9′1″W / 40.73667°N 74.15028°W / 40.73667; -74.15028Coordinates: 40°44′12″N 74°9′1″W / 40.73667°N 74.15028°W / 40.73667; -74.15028
Public transit Harrison (PATH station)
Owner Red Bull GmbH
Operator Red Bull GmbH
Capacity 25,000 [2]
Field size 120 × 75 yards
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Broke ground September 19, 2006
Opened March 20, 2010
Construction cost $200 million[3]
($217 million in 2016 dollars[4])
Architect Rossetti Architects[5]
Structural engineer Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC.[5]
Services engineer URS Corporation[6]
General contractor Hunter Roberts Construction Group[5]
New York Red Bulls (MLS) (2010–present)

Red Bull Arena is a soccer-specific stadium with a translucent, partial roof. It is located in Harrison, New Jersey, on the waterfront across the Passaic River from Newark, and is the home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.[7]

Initial planning[edit]

The original plan, announced on July 1, 2004, was to move the MetroStars (as the New York Red Bulls were known at the time) from their home at Giants Stadium by the beginning of the 2006 season.[8] Negotiations between MLS and the state of New Jersey dragged on until an agreement was announced on August 5, 2005, for the MetroStars to build and complete construction of a new dedicated soccer facility for the 2007 season. Concerns about environmental clean-up at the selected site forced another delay.[9] 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 GmbH bought out the MetroStars club from Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), changing the club's name in the process.[10][11] 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.[12]

According to Erik Stover, Red Bulls managing director at the time, Harrison Redevelopment Agency chairman Peter B. Higgins was "quite simply the reason that the New York Red Bulls have a new home in Harrison. His vision and leadership guided us through numerous difficulties." [13] The late Mr. Higgins' contribution is memorialized by the street naming as Pete Higgins Boulevard at the main gates along the west side of the stadium.[14]

Red Bull buyout and new design[edit]

Aerial view of the arena and downtown Newark in the background.

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.[15][16]

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 Detroit and was built by New Jersey-based Hunter Roberts Construction Group, LLC. The new design featured a roof extending just past the field's touchlines with 60 feet (18 m) of the roof being translucent to allow for natural light. The first row of seating is approximately 21 feet (6.4 m) from the touchlines. The design is on par with those of soccer stadiums around the world.[17][18] It looks similar to the Hypo-Arena in Klagenfurt, Austria in appearance.[19] The stadium has 30 luxury suites and 1,000 premium seats.[20]


Red Bull Arena under construction in Harrison, New Jersey on March 10, 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.[21] 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.[22] Total project size is estimated at 9,000 tons of structural steel.[citation needed]

The first steel girder was put in place on August 19, 2008.[23] The arena was reported by the New York Times to be 55% complete on March 27, 2009.[18] The last major beam for the roof was topped out on April 14, 2009.[24] Enclosure panels started going up on May 7, 2009.[25] The first section of the Red Bull Arena roof was completed in August 2009.[26] The underground drainage and turf-heating system installation began on August 18, 2009.[27]

A soft opening of the stadium, a match between the Red Bulls Under-18 Academy team and the United States U-17 men's national soccer team scheduled for March 13, 2010, was postponed due to heavy rain and high wind.[28] The facility instead opened on March 20, 2010 as the Red Bulls played a friendly match against Brazilian club Santos FC, with the first official match, the MLS season opener against the Chicago Fire, took place March 27.[29] Joel Lindpere became the first player to score a goal at Red Bull Arena.[30]

In December 2010 the stadium was named Project of the Year (Sports/Recreation) by Engineer News Record – New York.[31]

Red Bull Arena internal view



Red Bull Arena hosted its first-ever international soccer game in May 2010, when Turkey beat the Czech Republic in front of a crowd of 16,371.[32] The stadium also hosted an exhibition between Ecuador and Colombia in October 2010. The game drew a sellout crowd of 25,000.[33]

In addition, Red Bull Arena hosted the 2011 MLS All-Star Game on July 27 versus Manchester United.[34]

On October 8, 2011, Red Bull Arena hosted its first New Jersey high school soccer game when the Harrison Blue Tide hosted the Kearny Kardinals in both boys' and girls' soccer matches.[35][36][37]

On October 11, 2011 Red Bull Arena hosted its first United States men's national soccer team match, as the US squad lost 1–0 to the Ecuador national football team in an international friendly.

On November 13, 2011, Red Bull Arena hosted the semifinals and championship match of the 2011 Big East Conference Men's Soccer Tournament, a college soccer tournament.[38] The 2012 Big East Men's Soccer Tournament was also held at Red Bull Arena.

On July 28, 2012, Red Bull Arena hosted the Trophée des champions, a soccer game between the champions of Ligue 1 and the winners of the Coupe de France: Montpellier HSC vs Olympique Lyonnais. Lyon won on penalties after the match ended 2–2. The match was organized by Ligue de Football Professionnel.

The New York Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League plays its home games at Red Bull Arena since its first season in 2015.

International soccer matches[edit]

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Attendance
March 20, 2010 United States New York Red Bulls 3–1 Brazil Santos FC Club Friendly (first ever match at Red Bull Arena) 25,000
May 22, 2010  Turkey 2–1  Czech Republic International Friendly 16,322
May 23, 2010 United States New York Red Bulls 3-1 Italy Juventus F.C. Club Friendly N/A
July 22, 2010 England Tottenham Hotspur 5–3 United States New York Red Bulls 2010 Barclays New York Challenge 20,312
July 23, 2010 Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal 2–0 England Manchester City N/A
July 25, 2010 England Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal N/A
United States New York Red Bulls 2–1 England Manchester City 23,288
October 8, 2010  Ecuador 0–1  Colombia International Friendly 25,000
June 5, 2011  United States women 2–0  Mexico women 5,852
June 13, 2011  Guatemala 4–0  Grenada 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup- Group B 25,000
 Jamaica 1–0  Honduras
July 27, 2011 England Manchester United 4-0 United StatesCanada MLS All-Stars 2011 MLS All-Star Game 26,760
September 3, 2011  Colombia 2–0  Honduras International Friendly 18,322
October 11, 2011  Ecuador 1–0  United States 20,760
July 28, 2012 France Olympique Lyonnais
(Winner of 2011-12 Coupe de France)
(4–2 on PK's)
France Montpellier HSC
(Winner of 2011-12 Ligue 1)
2012 Trophée des Champions 15,166
June 20, 2013  United States women 5–0  South Korea women International Friendly 18,961
July 8, 2013  El Salvador 2–2  Trinidad and Tobago 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup - Group B 20,000
 Honduras 2–0  Haiti
May 26, 2014  Serbia 2–1  Jamaica International Friendly 2,000[39][40]
June 1, 2014  United States 2–1  Turkey 26,762[41]
June 6, 2014  Greece 2–1  Bolivia 11,024[42]
July 26, 2014 United States New York Red Bulls 1–0 England Arsenal F.C. International Friendly - New York Cup 25,219
July 31, 2014 Germany Bayern Munich 1–0 Mexico Guadalajara Club Frendly - Audi Football Summit 25,023
August 26, 2014 United States New York Red Bulls 2–0 El Salvador C.D. FAS 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League - Group 3 11,569[43]
October 10, 2014  Colombia 3–0  El Salvador International Friendly N/A[44]
October 14, 2014  Ecuador 5–1  El Salvador N/A[45]
October 14, 2014  Colombia 1-0  Canada N/A[46]
October 22, 2014 United States New York Red Bulls 1–1 Canada Montreal Impact 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League - Group 3 N/A[47]
May 30, 2015  United States women 0–0  South Korea women International Friendly 26,467
July 21, 2015 France Paris Saint-Germain 4-2 Italy Fiorentina 2015 International Champions Cup 16,104[48]
July 22, 2015 United States New York Red Bulls 4–2 England Chelsea 24,076[49]
July 26, 2015 United States New York Red Bulls 2-1 Portugal Benfica 18,096[50]
September 5, 2015  Brazil 1–0  Costa Rica International Friendly 19,600[51]
September 8, 2015  Colombia 1–1  Peru 24,800[52]

Rugby Union[edit]

In addition to soccer, the arena has also been the host of several rugby union matches

Churchill Cup[edit]

All three finals of the 2010 Churchill Cup were held at The Red Bull Arena.[53]

year Date Winner Result Runner Up Match
2010 June 19 Russia Russia 38-19 Uruguay Uruguay Bowl Final
June 19 France France A 24-10 United States United States Plate Final
June 19 England England Saxons 38-18 Canada Canada Cup Final

English Premiership[edit]

It was announced on October 27, 2015 that London Irish will play their home clash against Saracens in the Aviva Premiership at the Red Bull Arena on March 12, 2016. This will mark the first time an English premiership rugby match has been played overseas. The timing and location were selected to coincide with St. Patrick's Day festivities in an area were there is a large Irish influence.[54]

Year Date Home team Result Away Team Tournament Attendance
2016 March 12 England London Irish England Saracens Aviva Premiership


Red Bull Arena hosted its first-ever concert, with Dispatch on June 18, 2011.


The stadium can be reached via the Harrison station on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson system known as the PATH, and from Penn Station and New Jersey Transit's Newark Broad Street stations.[55][56] The nearby Jackson Street Bridge crosses the Passaic River to the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark.


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New York Red Bulls

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