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Video: Red Bull Arena

The Red Bulls practiced inside their shiny new stadium today. Gorgeous. Makes you forget about Giants Stadium pretty quickly, huh? Let's hope they sell enough tickets consistently so the corporate logo plastered on the sideline sections is not visible during matches. (Video courtesy of The Offside Rules blog)

New York's First Practice at Red Bull Arena from mlsinsider on Vimeo.

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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All I can say is Wow. Very impressive! I want one. Minus the cows of course.

Posted by: AmishJim | March 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Poplar Point - SWOON!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | March 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I hate them even more now

Posted by: rockotodd | March 16, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The man with the camera is like 99% of those who will enter that place: They'll be there to see the stadium, not the team.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Wrong, Rick. The man with the camera has been a season ticket holder for years, and has gone to plenty of stadiums, including RFK, to see the team play.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | March 16, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about the RB Logo, those sections have been sold out for months.

Posted by: Homebrew4U | March 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

What I wouldn't give for that thing of beauty to be at Poplar Point, Buzzard Point, Lot 8, the airspace above the Union Station train tracks...

/sigh

Posted by: VercengetorixII | March 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It's gotta be a lock: host of MLS Cup

Posted by: nairbsod | March 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If there's no MLS the Austrians will be a little pissed off. I guess there's always motocross and monster jam truck shows.

Good spot for a Bon Jovi concert too.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Serious stadium envy. That thing is SCHWEET!

Posted by: Matte | March 16, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful freaking stadium. Beau-ti-ful.

Just two problems as far as I can see:

1) They are still the Metrostars.
2) The club is still cursed.

Outside of the MAJOR details and the impending strike, everything should be "hugs and Hallmark cards" up in Northern Jersey...

Posted by: yankiboy | March 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

DAMN YOU, FENTY

DAMN YOU

Posted by: keepunitedindc | March 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

1) Gorgeous. Even the sunlight looked intentional.

2) What did the Redbulls/Metrostars ever do to deserve this?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

dayum!...that is a sweet stadium. kudos ny red bulls and supporters.

we really need a stadium in dc. :(

Posted by: dfunkt | March 16, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Wrong, Rick. The man with the camera has been a season ticket holder for years, and has gone to plenty of stadiums, including RFK, to see the team play.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan

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That may be, but you can't look at that video clip and say that it's anything to do with seeing the team, as the only reason they're even in the shot because they were on the field at the time that it was taken.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 16, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Hate the team, not the stadium.

Regardless of who plays there, that is gorgeous.

Posted by: Kenobi | March 16, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Here's an idea for replacement players. We need some geeks to start working on our players . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex90Aw4PdAI&feature=player_embedded#

Posted by: OWNTF | March 16, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Serious stadium envy. That thing is SCHWEET!

Posted by: Matte | March 16, 2010 12:51 PM
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+1

BTW... I'm the poster formerly known as Joe Doc, and I have no love of BS or the Sounders.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 16, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

They get a beautiful stadium, and we get squadoosh.

Posted by: dccal | March 16, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

^@TPFKAJD: And some doubt that re-incarnation exists. Good thing that you didn't come back as an FC Energy Drink fan...

Posted by: yankiboy | March 16, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Buzzard point...build at decrepit, nasty, run down Buzzard Point. Someone on here once called it the future "DC Stadium District" perfect.

I'll take a big picture view on this stadium...it's a statement, a huge statement about soccer in the U.S. Yeah it sucks not to have it in DC but I am not gonna begrudge NYRB because they have it. I want them to have one, DC to have a better one, Philly's to be up and running and to be the DC United version of the Salvadoran "home" at RFK, Houston to have one, Kansas City's to be the midwestern showcase, San Jose to have one...

And today, once again, I'll go running out behind RFK and see that big....mess.

Posted by: DCB23 | March 16, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Guess they haven't found time to put up their MLS Cup 2008 Finalist banner yet.

Posted by: Tweaked | March 16, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

so that is what jealousy tastes like

Posted by: teo_68 | March 16, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I want them to have one, DC to have a better one, Philly's to be up and running and to be the DC United version of the Salvadoran "home" at RFK, Houston to have one, Kansas City's to be the midwestern showcase, San Jose to have one...

And today, once again, I'll go running out behind RFK and see that big....mess.

Posted by: DCB23
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Don't worry. When the STRIKE kills the league, we will all be back at Step 1. Even those who have georgeous stadiums or have said works of art in progress.

Actually we will be much BETTER off. The Austrians and the taxpayers are gonna be ****** off to the umpteenth degree.

See. You just gotta look for the silver lining.

Posted by: yankiboy | March 16, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Rick -- You're right. The only reason that guy brought a video camera to the Red Bulls' practice was to shoot the stadium, not the team. I have no idea what your point is, but that's hard to dispute. I guess that means he's going to buy his tickets so he can stare at the stadium all season long?

BTW -- DCU has a better goalkeeping situation, but right now I'd trade our team's prospects for theirs.

Posted by: fischy | March 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Good for RBNY and good for MLS. I like the way the seating is (apparently) close to the field and the banks are steep. It'll be an exciting place to play. Hopefully having a European style stadium will help convert the Euro Snobs of New York. If RBNY can now string together a few years of solid performance with some recognizable names on their roster, their fan base will grow, and that's good for the league. It's unlikely... but it would be good for MLS if it happened.

As a DC fan, I'm jealous. Maybe when we do get our own stadium, the designers will pinch some of the best elements from RBNY's stadium. I also hope that when we eventually get our new stadium, the engineers design a little bounce into the stands a-la RFK.

Posted by: WorldCup | March 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"Heinrich, was ist los?"

"Ach, die schtoopit MLS ist kaput. Wir loozen das big bucks on die Stadion."

"Ja, aber wir schtill haben Lindsey Vonn."

"Ja. Schving!"

Posted by: OWNTF | March 16, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@Tweaked,

+1

I believe there was a quote by The Don once stating that the playoffs were important as a means of handing out accomplishments for being a "conference champion". Especially in a league that has had the issue of teams getting in the playoffs for the conference they don't "compete" in.

Also, if handing out silverware is important, make the cups a little bigger than the Putt Putt trophy you had engraved at Dick's Sporting Goods!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | March 16, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It looks fantastic, but I'd take issue with those who are calling it "European style". Europe tends to have four sets of stands, one along each straight field line. They often stick large video screens at angles in two of the corners, since no one would want to sit in the corners at field level. At least, that's my sense of European design, from what I've seen (especially in Germany). The videoscreen stuck in the nosebleed sections at one end -- where some folks have to crane to see, and others can't see it at all -- that's very American.

Posted by: fischy | March 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure there's video screens at both ends

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 16, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Goff will be posting the news soon, but BTB reports that both Simms and Namoff (!!!) have joined the team in Charleston. If Bryan's ready to start training, that would be better than signing any middling European castoff or middling Latino talent, like the rest of the league has been busy doing. True, he was already on the squad, but his return would be a big addition.

Posted by: fischy | March 16, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

goff posted that yesterday . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | March 16, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

the only thing European about it is that it is new, dedicated to soccer, and designed to hold an appropriately-sized crowd. which, of course, is the point; it isn't a European stadium, it's a SOCCER stadium.

I've been to lots of Euro stadia that have seating all the way around the pitch, including corners (Wembley, for one).

Posted by: troy6 | March 16, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow! My BAD!! Goff had the news about Namoff and Simms in the roster update last night. Somehow I missed the headline, in my fixation on the curious description of Yates' circumstances. If those two guys are really healthy, that is tremendous news!! The team looks a lot better, immediately. Maybe, we still have a couple fo holes in midfield, and could use a better striker..but not so bad...for MLS.

Posted by: fischy | March 16, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic stadium! Can't wait to pay a visit...though it may have to be for a non-MLS game given the CBA circumstances.

Posted by: nico78 | March 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Heinrich, was ist los?"

"Ach, die schtoopit MLS ist kaput. Wir loozen das big bucks on die Stadion."

"Ja, aber wir schtill haben Lindsey Vonn."

"Ja. Schving!"

Posted by: OWNTF | March 16, 2010 2:02 PM


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Du Hast!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Perfect timing - tomorrow is St Patrick's Day and I'm completely frickin' GREEN WITH ENVY!!

Posted by: soccerman | March 16, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I suddenly have a serious case of stadium envy.

Posted by: stwasm | March 16, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

It looks fantastic, but I'd take issue with those who are calling it "European style". Europe tends to have four sets of stands, one along each straight field line.

Posted by: fischy | March 16, 2010 2:14 PM

That's sort of an antiquated European style. If you look at most of the medium to large sized grounds in Europe built since the late 90's, they have more of a complete seating bowl around the pitch. Such as...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadium_of_Light

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_Park_Stadium

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wals_Siezenheim_Stadium

The four separate stand stadium was designed by necessity more than preference. Prior to the 90's satellite TV boom, most European clubs lacked the money to completely build/rebuild stadia, so they improved them one area at a time, if they could even afford that.

I'd say that Red Bull Arena is right in line with contemporary European stadium design.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 16, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Rick, wrong again:

"That may be, but you can't look at that video clip and say that it's anything to do with seeing the team, as the only reason they're even in the shot because they were on the field at the time that it was taken."

It was MEDIA DAY and he has press credentials. Like last year, he was at Media Day to interview the players.

Of course he was taking pictures of the field, as it's newsworthy. But he also is interviewing and recording players.

Do you want to go 0 for 3?

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | March 16, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed. Here's to many United victories there.

Ike

Posted by: ihillvt | March 16, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I hope no one reading this speaks German:

Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhmnOpoGAPw

Posted by: dccal | March 16, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed. Here's to many United victories there.

Ike

Posted by: ihillvt
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I'm impressed, too. It's beautiful...and the roof will help contain the silence during the MetroBulls' numerous upcoming 3-0 and 4-1 losses to vising United.

Kidding aside...congrats NYRB. It's certainly an important milestone for American soccer. And we are all jealous.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | March 16, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"Guess they haven't found time to put up their MLS Cup 2008 Finalist banner yet.

Posted by: Tweaked | March 16, 2010 1:33 PM"

Maybe the f.o. can't decide which should be given more prominence, the 2008 finalist-ness or the La Manga Cup.

Or just to go with a giant "Redbulls Playoff Fever!" sign.

Posted by: CDRHoek | March 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

ok redbull have good stadium and is better than dc 1000000 times we are the champion 2010

Posted by: millerleon1 | March 16, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the f.o. can't decide which should be given more prominence, the 2008 finalist-ness or the La Manga Cup.

Is the La Manga Cup made out of manga-nese?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 16, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

so that is what jealousy tastes like
Posted by: teo_68
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We might as well get used to it. The flavor last an extra, extra, extra, long time.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 16, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I've never said this before but...well done, red bull. For once, they seem to get it right.

NYRB stadium with a location like Seattle has = great things for the city and the sport. That really demonstrates the lost opportunity for DC. Boon to the local economy, the community, the club, etc.

Oh well....

Posted by: inbetweenswims | March 16, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Thing about how pissed Sounders snobs will be when they don't get to host a Final again.

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | March 16, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what the TV look-down angle will be? Hopefully its higher than the cookie cutter stadiums. Makes the game look much better.

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | March 16, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

That place looks like it could be a lot of fun if travel support is really embraced. Goodness knows that fans of many MLS clubs will be jumping at opportunities to check out such sweet digs.

Same will go for Philly's park. Can't wait to visit.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 16, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a beautiful stadium. It's ridiculous that the laughing stock team of the league gets this palace and the team that carried the league for the first 5-6 years still plays in a dump. Damn, even KC - the team with the worst attendance every single season gets a new stadium.

United owners need to put their money where their mouths are and also need to finally give up on playing inside DC - the politicians are far too greedy, stupid and incompetent to get things done. Move to the suburbs; move to Baltimore; just move somewhere that will let you build a stadium (and don't expect the taxpayers to pay for it).

United's roster the past few years shows what happens when you're trying to compete with teams that have team-owned soccer-specific stadiums. With each passing season in this stadium situation, United increasingly becomes a pale and mocking shadow of it's glorious past.

Posted by: grognard66 | March 17, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

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