That beauty of a pitch in the photo above belongs Red Bull Salzburg. Up until this year it was only a single level, 18,000 seater; it's now been renovated to add additional seating for Euro 08 bring the capacity up to 31K. Why should you care? Because there is a very, very good chance that Red Bull Park in Harrison, NJ will look exactly like it….and wouldn't that be a beautiful thing to see. Check out the view from above if you really want to moisten your mouth and/or undergarments.
You may have already heard this last night or this a.m. but it looks like Red Bull is going to buy out AEG's interest in the new stadium . I had been hearing for months that the whole "cleaning up the site" thing was just a cover for the fact that the 2 sides could not agree on design and who would pay for the changes in design; After reading this article it seems that has been the case. Without getting too "Inside Baseball" about the whole thing here's why this could be a good thing:
-This is conjecture but by duplicating the existing stadium in Salzburg, Red Bull Park might have a leg up in actually open at some point next season as opposed to 2009. They already have the plans, and could use some of the same designers, architects etc. who have already been through the building process before to speed through the job.
-Red Bull Park is now likely to not have a "stage end" (AEG wants a fixed stage, RBNY does not) creating an atmosphere that is truly soccer-specific. I'm there will still be some additional non-soccer events but it's less likely that the pitch will be town up by AEG-owned events like the X-Games.
-By sinking such a large amount of additional cash into the club, it looks Red Bull is serious about it's investment in the club & the league.
This is just my opinion based on what I have read and heard but we'll know more on Friday when RBNY honcho Marc DeGranpre addresses the topic in a live media event. Fingers crossed, the Bulls could be running out of Giants Stadium in 08.