Record Breaking: Red Bulls surpass 11k season tickets sold for 2016

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls are not only ahead of last year’s record season ticket renewal pace, but they have already set a Red Bull Arena record for total season tickets sold — six months before the kickoff of the 2016 season.

According to well placed sources, the Red Bulls have surpassed 11,000 season tickets sold for 2016 — a Red Bull Arena record. To put that number into perspective, the 2014 record-breaking renewal drive ultimately resulted in just north of 10,000 season tickets for the entirety of 2015.

The numbers are impressive, and even more so when put into context. Through September of last year, the Red Bulls acquired 7,500 renewals. This year, they broke 10k by month’s end. Their highly respectable 75% renewal rate in 2014 also set a franchise record. That has been crushed by their 2015 drive, with 85% renewal of the current season ticket holder crop.

By comparison, New York City FC are said to have renewed a respectable 50% of their season ticket base to this point.

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Delving further into these numbers, the Red Bulls have re-committed roughly 8,500 of their current STH base just two months into their eight month 2016 renewal drive. Even without the 1,500 holdovers, the team has been able to break franchise records on the back of approximately 2,500 new members.

With six months to go until the 2016 campaign, there is no reason to believe that number won’t grow.

While impressive, the 11,000 STH number is not a franchise record. The all-time Metro/Red Bull record remains their inaugural 1996 season, where the club sold upwards of 18,000 season tickets at Giants Stadium.

 

  • #RedBullShout

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • William

    I don’t drink no RED BULL anymore !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew Bissonette

    GREAT NEWS!! I’m glad I can be a part of it as a first time STH. Hopefully this means we won’t see many crowds south of 20k

    • William

      Yea except when u play in a US Open Cup game

      • Bob

        Right. At 3 PM on a weekday.

        • William

          EH ? BOBBY

          • Bob

            I thought that was a jab at the quarterfinal match-up against Philadelphia when only a few thousand people showed up due the the horrible start time on a weekday because of scheduling conflicts related to friendlies.

      • slowleftarm

        True, playing Cosmos does present an attendance problem since people generally tend to stay away from Cosmos games.

        • William
          • slowleftarm

            Why are you linking to porn?

            • William

              wowooowowow u are such a liar its the US OPEN CUP game –

              u are even more pathetic than I thought really a piece of **** some ******* 20 know nothing loser !!!!

    • slowleftarm

      Welcome to the STH family Andrew!

      • Andrew Bissonette

        Thanks Slowleftarm. Can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    Make each section General Admission like a movie theater.
    Get those a-holes showing up early.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting thought

    • WillN

      Do like that idea. I think in a couple years when the fan base is a little more mature, they could try this or what Mark Cuban did in Dallas; revoke the season tix if a butt isn’t in the seat over 75% (or whatever %) of the games.

      • Anonymous

        STH leaves a credit card number. The card gets hit with a minor (yet annoying) charge every time the seat is empty.
        Combine that with the general admission thing

        • slowleftarm

          These are some of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard.

          • Anonymous

            kinda liked most of them

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    nice for the red bulls. red bulls trending up. nycfc trending up.
    f.cosmos slowly sinking into oblivion. sounds about right.

    • William

      larry u really should seek some professional help

      memba ?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBVZLG1rIy4

      • Larry’s A Simpleton

        whats the matter fanboy? having trouble accepting reality? a **** team like nycfc thats out of the playoffs not only has 20000 STH, but already has over 30000 seats sold for the meaningless last home match of the season.

        numbers the f.cosmos and their delusional dumbass fans can only dream of.

        come on billy boy. tells us how the fake cosmos and their 3000 fans each game are a force in us soccer?

        • William

          there were a force on 6/17/15 when we beat ya memba jackass ?

          memba your team is a pathetic joke completely effin choked in the shootout everyone had their cameras out for the winning goal but that punk hit the crossbar hahaahahhahahahaahahahahhaahah he is still choking from that choke job. remember Larreeeeee ?

          • slowleftarm

            I’m glad they choked too because then RBNY got a much easier game in the next round!

            • William

              yet no MLS championships u are so small minded.

  • Chupi

    We make for the mucho season ticket selling for the people de los Vikingos! HOY SE BEBE! YA TU SABE!

  • Benny Lopez

    You never would have gotten here without my vision and my quest for excellence in the stands. I demanded greatness and MY people delivered. The songs, the TIFO, the passionate rhythmic clapping. Yo’re welcome

    • Chupi

      Pero que why choooooo no come to the game anymores to make the shots and hace los chantings?!?!?!

  • REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls bots are Suckers

    Wonder if this will hit a 100 comments.

    • slowleftarm

      The only articles that hit 100 comments have 90+ comments from you and/or William on them.

      • William

        yes fighting off morons like u takes like no effort.

        • slowleftarm

          Apparently it takes 90 comments.

          • William

            with brainless people like you it may take over 1,000 but go for it I am RELENTLESS !!!!

            • slowleftarm

              Yes you have proven that you have absolutely nothing to do but carry on a one-man Hempstead Cosmos campaign. I will give you that.

              • William

                oh thanks putZZZZZZZ

  • sexy soccer

    point of story is, if red bull rebrand they would be at 16k sth easily but in reality every mls team should have at least 14k sth and leave the cosmos out if this.
    cosmos are trying to make a badass stadium and no cookie cutter stadium.

  • Larry eats a big fat one

    So no firm source on the NYCFC renewals but just the author’s lame guess? More excellent grabass reporting by Empire of Soccer.