Major League Soccer's MetroStars, now Red Bull New York, began talking about building a soccer-specific stadium way back in their first year of operation. Ten years on, after several wholesale
changes in management and personnel and many more "talks" about building that all-important soccer-specific stadium, Red Bull New York breaks ground on its new stadium in Harrison, N.J. "We had a
gauntlet of challenges thrown our way," said Nick Sakiewicz, president of AEG New York and Red Bull Stadium LLC. "We always knew it would be tough and challenging, but no one could have anticipated
9/11 and [New Jersey] politics and the economic downturn. It really made it a lot longer than it should have been, but it just makes it that much sweeter that we got it done." Red Bull Park will have
a seating capacity of 25,000 and is expected to be the finest stadium in MLS's growing collection of soccer stadiums. MLS has Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.,
Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, and Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Set to open in 2007 are new stadiums for the Colorado Rapids and expansion Toronto FC. Heck, these projects have even attracted
potential investors, who are beginning to seem upbeat about the sport's future.
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