Red Bull Arena (New Jersey)
|Former names||Red Bull Park (2006–08) prior to opening|
|Location||600 Cape May Street
Harrison, NJ 07029
|Public transit||Harrison (PATH station)|
|Owner||Red Bull GmbH|
|Operator||Red Bull GmbH|
|Field size||120 × 75 yards|
|Broke ground||September 19, 2006|
|Opened||March 20, 2010|
|Construction cost||$200 million
($217 million in 2016 dollars)
|Structural engineer||Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC.|
|Services engineer||URS Corporation|
|General contractor||Hunter Roberts Construction Group|
|New York Red Bulls (MLS) (2010–present)
New York Red Bulls II (USL) (2015–present)
Red Bull Arena is a soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, New Jersey that is the home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer and New York Red Bulls II of the USL. Featuring a partial transparent roof, it is on the waterfront across the Passaic River from Newark.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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."  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.
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.
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. It looks similar to the Hypo-Arena in Klagenfurt, Austria in appearance. The stadium has 30 luxury suites and 1,000 premium seats.
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. 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. Total project size is estimated at 9,000 tons of structural steel.
The first steel girder was put in place on August 19, 2008. The arena was reported by the New York Times to be 55% complete on March 27, 2009. The last major beam for the roof was topped out on April 14, 2009. Enclosure panels started going up on May 7, 2009. The first section of the Red Bull Arena roof was completed in August 2009. The underground drainage and turf-heating system installation began on August 18, 2009.
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. 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. Joel Lindpere became the first player to score a goal at Red Bull Arena.
In December 2010 the stadium was named Project of the Year (Sports/Recreation) by Engineer News Record – New York.
In 2010, the Red Bulls refused to pay a $1.4 million property tax levy to the town of Harrison, claiming that the stadium was exempt from paying taxes. The team also refused to pay a $1.3 million for 2011. While the team did eventually pay the back taxes, it subsequently filed a lawsuit to have the payments reimbursed by the town, claiming the stadium was exempt from local taxes.
On June 30, 2012, the Tax Court of New Jersey ruled that Harrison did have the right to tax both Red Bull Arena and the land underneath it and denied the team's claim for reimbursement. This decision was upheld by an appellate court in May 2014. The Red Bulls appealed to the state Supreme Court, who in October 2014 agreed to hear the case. The Supreme Court referred the parties to mediation.
A settlement was proposed in which the Hudson County Improvement Authority would take over ownership of the land and stadium and enter into a lease agreement with the team, using the lease payments to give Harrison an annual PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) tied to the Consumer Price Index. The settlement was approved by the Harrison Town Council and mayor on March 16, 2016.
On July 14, 2016, the Red Bulls and town agreed to a revised settlement, in which the stadium and land will be turned over to the Hudson County Improvement Authority. The Red Bulls will pay an annual rental of $1.3 million, escalated annually based on the Consumer Price Index, of which $1.115 million will go to the town of Harrison. The lease agreement will be in place through 2038, with team options through 2058. At the end of the lease term, ownership of the stadium will revert to the town. This agreement must be finalized by the end of 2016.
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. The stadium also hosted an exhibition between Ecuador and Colombia in October 2010. The game drew a sellout crowd of 25,000.
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. 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.
International soccer matches
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Attendance|
|March 20, 2010||New York Red Bulls||3–1||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||New York Red Bulls||3-1||Juventus F.C.||Club Friendly||N/A|
|July 22, 2010||Tottenham Hotspur||5–3||New York Red Bulls||2010 Barclays New York Challenge||20,312|
|July 23, 2010||Sporting Clube de Portugal||2–0||Manchester City||N/A|
|July 25, 2010||Tottenham Hotspur||2–2||Sporting Clube de Portugal||N/A|
|New York Red Bulls||2–1||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|
|July 27, 2011||Manchester United||4-0||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|| Olympique Lyonnais
(Winner of 2011-12 Coupe de France)
(4–2 on PK's)
| 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|
|May 26, 2014||Serbia||2–1||Jamaica||International Friendly||2,000|
|June 1, 2014||United States||2–1||Turkey||26,762|
|June 6, 2014||Greece||2–1||Bolivia||11,024|
|July 26, 2014||New York Red Bulls||1–0||Arsenal F.C.||International Friendly - New York Cup||25,219|
|July 31, 2014||Bayern Munich||1–0||Guadalajara||Club Frendly - Audi Football Summit||25,023|
|August 26, 2014||New York Red Bulls||2–0||C.D. FAS||2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League - Group 3||11,569|
|October 10, 2014||Colombia||3–0||El Salvador||International Friendly||N/A|
|October 14, 2014||Ecuador||5–1||El Salvador||N/A|
|October 14, 2014||Colombia||1-0||Canada||N/A|
|October 22, 2014||New York Red Bulls||1–1||Montreal Impact||2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League - Group 3||N/A|
|May 30, 2015||United States women||0–0||South Korea women||International Friendly||26,467|
|July 21, 2015||Paris Saint-Germain||4-2||Fiorentina||2015 International Champions Cup||16,104|
|July 22, 2015||New York Red Bulls||4–2||Chelsea||24,076|
|July 26, 2015||New York Red Bulls||2-1||Benfica||18,096|
|September 5, 2015||Brazil||1–0||Costa Rica||International Friendly||19,600|
|September 8, 2015||Colombia||1–1||Peru||24,800|
|October 13, 2015||Costa Rica||1-0||United States||9,214|
|July 6, 2016||New York Red Bulls||2-0||Club América||Club Friendly||20,217|
In addition to soccer, the arena has also been the host of several rugby union matches
|2010||June 19||Russia||38-19||Uruguay||Bowl Final|
|June 19||France A||24-10||United States||Plate Final|
|June 19||England Saxons||38-18||Canada||Cup Final|
It was announced on October 27, 2015 that London Irish would play their home clash against Saracens in the Aviva Premiership at the Red Bull Arena on March 12, 2016. This marked the first time an English premiership rugby match had 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.
Games are also planned in 2017 and 2018 which were also planned to be hosted by London Irish. However, London Irish have been relegated from the Premiership and therefore will not return in 2017.
|Year||Date||Television||Home team||Result||Away Team||Tournament||Attendance|
|2016||March 12||NBC||London Irish||16–26||Saracens||Aviva Premiership||14,811|
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 Newark Penn Station and New Jersey Transit's Newark Broad Street stations. The nearby Jackson Street Bridge crosses the Passaic River to the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark.
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