USA TODAY: Red Bull Arena "to be MLS Crown Jewel"
They used to always say that the Home Depot Center was the jewel of Major League Soccer. I guess sh*t done changed...or it will in March 2010 at least. To be fair though I think they are two different animals that are each worthy of being a "diamond girl" in their own way and don't really lend themselves to a side-by-side comparison.
RBA is going to be a soccer stadium first and foremost --with other events thrown in the mix on occasion-- and one that is located in a part of the country that often experiences an atmospheric condition rarely seen in Los Angeles: precipitation. The HDC on the other hand is an athletics & entertainment center that is the sporting equivalent of one of those outdoor malls in SoCal that always have a P.F. Changs; attractive, airy and unintimidating.
As for which is actually better, I have my preferences but I honestly think they are both perfect for their market; the open, sun-drenched concourses, patios and grassy knolls of the HDC just wouldn't work in North Jersey and a lot of Californians probably gasp audibly at the thought of the close-quartered (some might say claustrophobic) confines of Harrison. To each his own I guess.
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