Across the Hudson: Red Bull Park
Wednesday, September 13, 2006, by Robert

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We know we rarely cross the Hudson, but in a place called Harrison, which is near Newark, they are days away from breaking ground on a $1 billion project combining a new stadium for the Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, along with apartments and commercial space. The location: an industrial wasteland on the shores of the Passaic River across from the Newark skyline and next to a PATH station. The $220 million stadium--which was announced more than two years ago--is part of development that will include 800 apartments (350 condos and 450 rentals) and several dozen stores and restaurants. It's another furball in the throat of the beseiged Meadowlands Sports Complex, where the Red Bulls now play, which will lose the Devils to Newark and the Nets to Brooklyn, assuming approval of the latter. Meanwhile, the Meadowlands development called Xanadu has its own issues. Betting a billion dollars on a development anchored by a pro soccer team, now there's a rock-solid faith in God for you.
· Getting their kicks in Harrison [Star-Ledger]
· Remember Xanadu? [Curbed]



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Reader Comments (8 extant)

1.

It's great to see New York area grow and see soccer moving into one of the sports that gets investment and respect here. I think it's time.

By Leo at September 13, 2006 3:23 PM

2.

the guys on bigsoccer.com will never believe this, they've been waiting for this stadim for years. go newark!

By Joe Tober at September 13, 2006 3:42 PM

3.

The Harrison PATH station is currently in the middle of a bunch of seemingly abandoned warehouses, so this seems to be a good upgrade for that area.

By john at September 13, 2006 7:00 PM

4.

The Harrison PATH station is currently in the middle of a bunch of seemingly abandoned warehouses, so this seems to be a good upgrade for that area.

However, the rampant need to build new sports stadiums is dumb, I don't really see the point once they're made.

By Anonymous at September 13, 2006 7:02 PM

5.

Unless the people in the photo are there to see a live execution, it's very innacurate.

This will never ever be a success, not as a soccer stadium.

Soccer has never drawn people to stadiums in the US (beyond 10,000 or so) and never will.

By John K at September 13, 2006 9:01 PM

6.

"Soccer has never drawn people to stadiums in the US (beyond 10,000 or so) and never will."

The 94,000 who watched Brazil win the 1994 World Cup at the Rose Bowl would disagree with you. So would the 40,000+ right here in NY who used to watch the Cosmos play.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Cosmos#Yearly_average_attendance

By Jason at September 14, 2006 1:59 AM

7.

Soccer is annoying.

By Wallis at September 14, 2006 8:46 AM

8.

This will be tremendously sucessful. Professional soccer can do well in the US, they will sell out all the games. This area of Harrison needs revamping and now instead of warehouses there will be shopping, parking, and restraunts.

This is sorely needed development and the combination of the vibrant portugese community in the ironbound and harrison and hudson counties huge hispanic population provides a very large soccer fan base.

In any event the reason for the stadiums is that developers can charge the infrastructure to the government. That is why ratner wants the stadium, it is so he can build thousands of condos/apts with the aid of the city and state.

By NJer at September 14, 2006 11:16 AM


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