In a decision long anticipated by fans of both men’s and women’s soccer, the New York Red Bulls have reached an agreement with Sky Blue of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey will host Sky Blue’s home games for the 2020 season. In an effort to offer comprehensive coverage of all Red Bull-related news, the Red Bull News Network will expand our coverage to include Sky Blue. Recaps, editorials, and interviews will be included on RBNN.
Sky Blue previously played home matches at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University in Piscataway. Reports of poor conditions for the players sparked changes for the club, who ended their 2019 season with a 5-14-5 record. Red Bull Arena hosted two Sky Blue home games in 2019. The attendance and overall success of these games paved the way for a more permanent situation. “The move to Red Bull Arena builds upon the positive momentum we gained last season and will help propel our club and the league to the next level,” said Sky Blue General Manager Alyse LaHue in a press release regarding the agreement.
Red Bull Arena is a regular location for the SheBelieves Cup, which includes the United States National Women’s Team. Considered one of the premier soccer-specific stadiums in the US, the arena boasts award-winning facilities and proximity to mass transit that make it an ideal sports destination. “Having NWSL matches here in Harrison is great for soccer fans in the New York metro area, and we look forward to providing Sky Blue fans, players, and staff a world-class experience every time they enter Red Bull Arena,” said Red Bulls General Manager Marc de Grandpre.
The MLS and NWSL schedules may allow for double-headers throughout the regular season. The Red Bulls will host their home opener on March 1st against FC Cincinnati. As of press time, the NWSL schedule has not been announced. RBNN will present more information as it becomes available.