|photo by Matt Kremkau
New York Red Bulls have announced that they are working towards re-opening Red Bull Arena at full capacity as per the New Jersey Governor's announcement earlier in the day. The team has not announced whether the upcoming game against Orlando will be full capacity but have stated that they will communicate an update later in the week.
"The New York Red Bulls are pleased with Governor Murphy's announcement today to allow events to return to full capacity," stated the team in a statement on social media. "We look forward to welcoming our Red Members, Supporters and all loyal fans back to Red Bull Arena at near full capacity in order to comply with MLS guidelines. We will continue to review and update our stadium policies and protocols as our commitment to the health and safety of our fans and staff remain our top priority."
Red Bull Arena has been relatively empty since the COVID-19 pandemic seized the country in March of 2020. The team did allow fans back into the stadium in a limited capacity during the early weeks of the season but this is a major step for both the team and the state to have a more normal crowd behind the players for the remainder of the campaign.
New York has played half of their games at home this season, winning twice and losing once. The team welcomes Orlando City SC this weekend, a fixture that has notoriously been feisty with fans in the building in years past. Whether that will continue remains to be seen. However, it should be louder with more fans in the building that initially expected this weekend.