Red Bull Arena
Location 600 Cape May Street
Harrison, NJ 07029
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Broke ground September 19, 2006
Opened March 20, 2010
Owner Red Bull GmbH
Operator Red Bull GmbH
Surface Grass
Construction cost $200 million[1]
($200 million in 2020 dollars[2])
Architect Rossetti Architects[3]
Structural engineer Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC.[3]
Services engineer URS Corporation[4]
General Contractor Hunter Roberts Construction Group[3]
Former names Red Bull Park (2006–08) prior to opening
Tenants New York Red Bulls (MLS) (2010–present)
Capacity 25,000 [5]
Field dimensions 120 × 75 yards

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.[6]

Initial planningEdit

The construction project was beset with delays because of the city of Harrison. 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9][10] 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.[11]

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." [12] 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.[13]

Red Bull buyout and new designEdit

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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.[14][15]

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 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 Script error of the roof being translucent to allow for natural light. The first row of seating is approximately Script error from the touchlines. The design is on par with those of soccer stadiums around the world.[1][2] It looks similar to the Hypo-Arena in Klagenfurt, Austria in appearance.[3] The stadium has 30 luxury suites and 1,000 premium seats.[4]



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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] The arena was reported by the New York Times to be 55% complete on March 27, 2009.[2] The last major beam for the roof was topped out on April 14, 2009.[8] Enclosure panels started going up on May 7, 2009.[9] The first section of the Red Bull Arena roof was completed in August 2009.[10] The underground drainage and turf-heating system installation began on August 18, 2009.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] Joel Lindpere became the first player to score a goal at Red Bull Arena.[14]

In December 2010 the stadium was named Project of the Year (Sports/Recreation) by Engineer News Record – New York.[15]


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.[16] The stadium also hosted an exhibition between Ecuador and Colombia in October 2010. The game drew a sellout crowd of 25,000.[17]

It also hosted the finals of the 2010 Churchill Cup in rugby union.[18]

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

In addition, Red Bull Arena hosted the 2011 MLS All-Star Game on July 27 versus Manchester United.[19]

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.[20][21][22]

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.[23]

On July 28, 2012, Red Bull Arena hosted the Trophée des champions, 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 matchesEdit

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Attendance
March 20, 2010United States New York Red Bulls3–122x20px Santos FC Club Friendly (first ever match at Red Bull Arena)25,000
May 22, 201022x20px Turkey2–122x20px Czech RepublicInternational Friendly16,322
May 23, 2010United States New York Red Bulls3-1Italy Juventus F.C. Club FriendlyN/A
July 22, 2010England Tottenham Hotspur5–3United States New York Red Bulls2010 Barclays New York Challenge20,312
July 23, 201022x20px Sporting Clube de Portugal2–0England Manchester CityN/A
July 25, 2010England Tottenham Hotspur2–222x20px Sporting Clube de PortugalN/A
United States New York Red Bulls2–1England Manchester City23,288
October 8, 201022x20px Ecuador0–1Flag of Colombia.svg.png ColombiaInternational Friendly25,000
June 5, 2011Flag of the United States.svg.png United States women2–0Flag of Mexico.svg.png Mexico womenInternational Friendly5,852
June 13, 201122x20px Guatemala4–0Template:Country data Grenada2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup- Group B25,000
22x20px Jamaica1–022x20px Honduras
July 27, 2011England Manchester United4-0MLS All-Stars 2011 MLS All-Star Game26,760
September 3, 2011Flag of Colombia.svg.png Colombia2–022x20px HondurasInternational Friendly18,322
October 11, 201122x20px Ecuador1–0Flag of the United States.svg.png United StatesInternational Friendly20,760
July 28, 201222x20px Olympique Lyonnais
(Winner of 2011-12 Coupe de France)
(4–2 on PK's)
22x20px Montpellier HSC
(Winner of 2011-12 Ligue 1)
2012 Trophée des Champions15,166
June 20, 2013Flag of the United States.svg.png United States women5–022x20px South Korea womenInternational Friendly18,961
July 8, 201322x20px El Salvador2–222x20px Trinidad and Tobago2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup - Group B20,000
22x20px Honduras2–0Template:Country data HAI
May 26, 201422x20px Serbia2–122x20px JamaicaInternational Friendly2,000[24][25]
June 1, 2014Flag of the United States.svg.png United States2–122x20px TurkeyInternational Friendly26,762[26]
June 6, 201422x20px Greece2–122x20px BoliviaInternational Friendly11,024[27]
July 26, 2014United States New York Red Bulls1–0England Arsenal F.C.International Friendly - New York Cup25,219
July 31, 2014Germany Bayern Munich1–0 Mexico Chivas de Guadalajara Club Frendly - Audi Football Summit25,023
August 26, 2014United States New York Red Bulls 2–0 22x20px C.D. FAS2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League - Group 311,569[28]
October 10, 2014Flag of Colombia.svg.png Colombia 3–0 22x20px El SalvadorInternational FriendlyN/A[29]
October 14, 201422x20px Ecuador 5–1 22x20px El SalvadorInternational FriendlyN/A[30]
October 14, 2014Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada 0–1 Flag of Colombia.svg.png ColombiaInternational FriendlyN/A[31]
October 22, 2014United States New York Red Bulls 1–1 Canada Montreal Impact2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League - Group 3N/A[32]


The stadium can be reached via the Harrison station on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson system. Free shuttle buses run from Newark Penn Station and New Jersey Transit's Newark Broad Street station.[33][34] The nearby Jackson Street Bridge crosses the Passaic River to the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark.


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