Red Bull Arena to host Aviva Premiership Rugby match

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER
HARRISON, N.J. – New York Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre promised he would leverage Red Bull Arena for events outside of soccer. This is the first of those initiatives.
The Red Bulls announced a unique event will be held in Harrison as the Aviva Premiership will host a regular season rugby encounter at Red Bull Arena featuring London Irish vs. Saracens on March 12th of 2016.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Premiership Rugby to Red Bull Arena, and to offer our fans the opportunity to see a competitive, regular season match between two storied clubs,” said Marc de Grandpre, General Manager of the New York Red Bulls.
TLA CEO Mike Principe adds, “We continue to see how quickly rugby, one of the world’s biggest sports, is growing here in the United States and we are proud to be able to work with the Premiership, London Irish and Saracens and, of course, USA Rugby, for this historic matchup at Red Bull Arena.”
The event will be held the week of St. Patrick’s Day, adding to a usually festive atmosphere in the Newark/New York area, bringing a popular European sport to the shores of the U.S.
“This is a significant day in the history of Premiership Rugby and one that has taken a number of years and a lot of hard work to bring to fruition,” Mark McCafferty, Premiership Rugby’s Chief Executive said. “Premiership Rugby is the most competitive league in world rugby with a fast-growing following outside England and we are delighted to stage a competitive match in the USA. There are ambitious plans to grow the game in the States and this is the latest stage in that strategy. I’d like to thank both London Irish for their support and vision in making this bold step as well as Saracens and our partners The Legacy Agency Inc and USA Rugby.
“We firmly believe this will be a great success and will showcase live Aviva Premiership Rugby to a new audience.”
From today’s press release:
[colored_box color=”red”]London Irish boasts one of the largest global followings of any rugby club in the UK. Established in 1898, London Irish became a founding member of Aviva Premiership Rugby in 1996 and have played in England’s top division ever since. They finished as runners-up in 2008-09. Their opponent, Saracens, was founded in 1876, and is one of the longest-running sports clubs in the world. An original member of Premiership Rugby, they have won the title in 2010-11 and 2014-15 and are the current holders of the LV=Cup.
TLA has been at the forefront of rugby’s growth in the US, serving as the promoter for a sold out New Zealand All Blacks vs the USA Eagles match at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 2014, among other roles it has assumed to assist in the game’s recent expanded position in the sports landscape.
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 30th. New York Red Bulls Season Ticket Holders will be offered an exclusive presale window beginning Thursday, October 29 at 10 a.m.

For more information on the match visit www.LondonIrishUSA.com.[/colored_box]
  • slowleftarm

    “Premiership Rugby is the most competitive league in world rugby” – not a rugby expert but I think this is a bit like saying MLS is the best soccer league in the world. In other words, not true.

  • Vegemitey Mouse

    Southern hemisphere rugby shits all over this euro-nonsense

    • slowleftarm

      Yeah that’s what I thought. Surely, Super Rugby is a lot better than the English league. That’s why all four WC semifinalists were southern hemisphere.

  • Cosmo

    I can’t believe red bull ownership can concentrate and put effort into bringing friendlies from rugby to soccer and wants to rename the stadium, but they put zero effort into renaming the team.
    Pathetic.
    All I gotta say to red bull fans, don’t be happy just because you beat an expansion team 3 times and play in the east and won the supporters shield.
    Win MLS cup first then get happy and never stop asking for better dps or a better owner or rebrand.
    Don’t be a girl who is manipulated by her boyfriend and friends,

    • Anonymous

      Not an RBNY supporter.
      and I understand that the east is much easier.
      But two shields in three years points to an organization headed in the right direction, even if only for the time being

      • Cosmo

        The supporters shield will only make more sense once MLS has 24 teams or more and have a balance schedule.
        I hate the 3 game series thing and the unbalanced schedule.
        Go for a balance schedule and expand evenly and the supporters shield will be way better.
        Another thing, which ever team that has the most points in their conference at the end of the season just make them the conference champion, what’s so hard about that.
        That would even make decision day more important and that would add more fun the season and add pressure to the playoffs.

        • slowleftarm

          Wait if the team finishing first is already the conference champion how are there playoffs?

        • Larry’s A Simpleton

          God fake cosmos fanboys are bitter a-holes. SS is meaningless? yeah i guess you’re right. I mean nothing is more prestigious than winning that grueling 10 game schedule and being crowned Spring Champions. talk about useless ****. **** the fake cosmos and the nasl

          • REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers

            Are you brain dead or just a #bushleaguemls fan?
            .
            I can’t tell anymore.

    • William

      I’m a Cosmo picke sniffer like you but even I have to say what a moron you are. All you wimps keep talking about is a name change. What a bonafide loser you are. And you should see my comments. That makes you pretty bad (and gay).

      • Cosmo

        Wow relax. Eat some pizza and drink a brew, or a red bull drink :)

        • William

          No Red Bull, Cosmos green all the way

  • REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers

    I just wanna say, see my name^^^^^