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Construction Delays Add to Red Bulls Woes

Things are going far, far smoother for the Red Bulls on the field than they are upstairs in management. After rather limply dismissing the club's second-worst season attendance average on Tuesday, there came more bad news from Red Bulls managing director Marc de Grandpre, according to a New York Daily News report. The club's 25,000-seat stadium project in Harrison, N.J., which had set a target opening of July 2008, has now been pushed back a further two months due to construction delays. The cause: multiple foundations and industrial waste at the site, De Grandpre said. It's true that Harrison, N.J., isn't the prettiest of locales.

For a club that's been struggling in the financial and fan support departments over the last few years, that's not good news. A two-month delay means the Bulls will have to rent out Giant's Stadium for an additional eight or nine weeks at a cost of $100,000 per match.

"It's a challenging site," De Grandpre said, adding that any more unforeseen problems could scale back the opening until 2009. "Based on the current time line, until we're 100% that it can't open in '08, it could happen," he said. "Anything could pop up this winter if it's a terrible winter. There are too many variables that we can't control. But according to what we have been informed with, a late third quarter opening is possible." Construction is supposed to begin next week or the first week of June.

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