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Red Bulls' new stadium hits toxic delay

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By MICHAEL LEWIS

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Tuesday, May 22nd 2007, 4:00 AM

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The opening of Red Bull Park has been pushed back two months to September of next year and could be moved to 2009, Bulls managing director Marc de Grandpre said yesterday.

The 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, N.J., had a July 2008 target date, but slow clean-up of industrial waste has delayed construction.

"Based on the current time line, until we're 100% that it can't open in '08, it could happen," de Grandpre said of a 2009 opening. "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."

De Grandpre said crews had encountered industrial waste and multiple foundations. Construction is supposed to begin next week or the first week of June, said Nick Sakiewicz, president of the Anschutz Entertainment Group NY/NJ.

Sakiewicz, the former MetroStars' president and GM, said three layers of foundation had to be removed from the factory site. Railroad tracks were found 46 feet below the surface.

"It's a challenging site," he said. "We're past the tough part."

De Grandpre will make the final determination on when the Bulls begin playing.

"If we know it's going to be safe for our fans and it's going to be the right experience and it's going to be complete from top to bottom from electrical switches to landscaping, we'll be there because our fans deserve to be there the moment it's open," he said.

ATTENDANCE BLUES: The Bulls (4-1-2), who have the league's third-best record, are second-to-last in attendance. They're averaging 9,867 after four home matches, ahead of only Kansas City (8,335). "We're disappointed at the turnout," de Grandpre said. "Historically, the first few months are never great months ... so we planned accordingly. We're going to (push) for the second half of the season."

TOP HONORS: Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel (goal, two assists in the 4-0 win over Columbus) was named MLS Player of the Week.

there are other toxic spots in harrison(construction) no one is talking about ?????

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It bothers me to no end that this stadium, built with Harrison taxpayer money, will be named "Red Bulls New York". Lettering on this stadium should read;

Town of Harrison

Home of Red Bulls New York

This should have been a non-negotiable condition of the agreement. They would have agreed to it because they had no where else to go. Shame on our "Redevelopment Team" for not standing up to the Red Bull attorneys.

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It bothers me to no end that this stadium, built with Harrison taxpayer money, will be named "Red Bulls New York".  Lettering on this stadium should read;

                              Town of Harrison

                      Home of Red Bulls New York

 

  This should have been a non-negotiable condition of the agreement.  They would have agreed to it because they had no where else to go.  Shame on our "Redevelopment Team" for not standing up to the Red Bull attorneys.

You are so right! Imagine! Harrison is well-known throughout the country as a hotbed of soccer yet the new owners of this team not only come in and change the name to Red Bulls NEW YORK, they name the stadium after them. What an insult!

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It bothers me to no end that this stadium, built with Harrison taxpayer money, will be named "Red Bulls New York".  Lettering on this stadium should read;

                              Town of Harrison

                      Home of Red Bulls New York

 

   This should have been a non-negotiable condition of the agreement.  They would have agreed to it because they had no where else to go.  Shame on our "Redevelopment Team" for not standing up to the Red Bull attorneys.

Where's Peter B., too much " *********"!

KOTW Note: The above post was edited for content.

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You are so right!  Imagine!  Harrison is well-known throughout the country as a hotbed of soccer yet the new owners of this team not only come in and change the name to Red Bulls NEW YORK, they name the stadium after them.  What an insult!

QUOTE(BlueTideBacker @ May 23 2007, 08:08 AM)

It bothers me to no end that this stadium, built with Harrison taxpayer money, will be named "Red Bulls New York".  Lettering on this stadium should read;

                              Town of Harrison

                      Home of Red Bulls New York

 

  This should have been a non-negotiable condition of the agreement. 

They would have agreed to it because they had no where else to go. 

Shame on our "Redevelopment Team" for not standing up to the Red Bull attorneys.

Thru the Faulkner Act** (petition to the governing body, & ultimately the people with referendums (public vote). If Harrisonians vote to create a resolution, they can: prevent Eminent Domain Abuse; stadium requirements for Harrison; or put cameras in every town meeting.

The people of Harrison should be able to watch over those who they put in office; Preventing "Behind the Scenes"!

Harrisons, Government

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I wonder if there will be alot of out of state vehicles at the mayors COCKTAIL party tonight? being that the NEW YORK RED BULLS are coming in 20??????????? when is it again? ohhhh when the contaminated field is done.

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You are so right!  Imagine!  Harrison is well-known throughout the country as a hotbed of soccer yet the new owners of this team not only come in and change the name to Red Bulls NEW YORK, they name the stadium after them.  What an insult!

Of course Harrison is well known. After all it is the "Center of the Universe."

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Thru the  Faulkner Act** (petition to the governing body, & ultimately the people with referendums (public vote).  If Harrisonians vote to create a resolution, they can: prevent Eminent Domain Abuse; stadium requirements for Harrison; or put cameras in every town meeting. 

The people of Harrison should be able to watch over those who they put in office;  Preventing "Behind the Scenes"!

Harrisons, Government

All meetings were in public according to the sunshine act.

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