Sky Blue FC will play its games at Red Bull Arena next year. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls and Sky Blue FC have reached agreement for the National Women’s Soccer League team to play all of its 2020 home games at Red Bull Arena, the teams announced Monday.
“We are pleased to welcome Sky Blue FC back to Red Bull Arena after two successful events in 2019,” Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre said in a statement. “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.”
Sky Blue played home matches at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. The move to soccer-specific RBA came after Sky Blue played twice there this past season.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Red Bulls to expand support for professional women’s soccer,” Sky Blue owner representative Tammy Murphy said. “Last season demonstrated that we are ready to take our players and fans to the next level.
“This move provides our professional athletes with the top-notch facilities they deserve and gives our growing fanbase increased access via public transit and an enhanced game day experience.”
Red Bull Arena is considered the benchmark for soccer-specific stadiums in North America. The venue, which opened in 2010, has hosted numerous international events, including the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams, an MLS all-star game and high-profile clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United Club America, Real Madrid, among others.
“After our players and fans experienced Red Bull Arena in 2019, we knew it was the perfect venue to host Sky Blue and showcase this incredible league,” Sky Blue heneral manager Alyse LaHue said. “We’re extremely grateful to the Red Bulls organization for all their efforts in reaching this agreement, and will always remain thankful to Rutgers for their commitment to Sky Blue throughout the years.
“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.”