Columbia, Kaput: Red Bulls II move all home games to Red Bull Arena

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

The Baby Bulls are coming back home — and no one knows why.

In a surprise announcement Tuesday evening, New York Red Bulls II general manager Shaun Oliver announced that all of the team’s remaining home games this season will be played at Red Bull Arena. This after playing a single home match at Columbia University’s Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium, where they were slated to host six more matches.

“As we looked into our future at Columbia and after several discussions with their athletic department leaders, it was best for both parties that we play the remainder of our 2015 USL matches at Red Bull Arena,” said Oliver. “We remain in conversations with Columbia University regarding a partnership for future seasons.”

No definitive reason for the move has been given. However, it is worth noting that New York City FC has been connected to Columbia for a possible soccer specific stadium,=.

According to a team release, all tickets purchased for games at Columbia will be honored at Red Bull Arena.

  • The Realist

    So much for Red Bulls being in NYC

  • Hank

    The bathroom toilets clogged up.

  • USOC?

    Good move for baby bulls. Is there any word on the date of the nyrb/philly USOC game? Can’t find date and game is less than 2 wks away

    • Gruff and Manly Bob

      No dates for USOC game yet which is why you can’t find it

      • This is some bull

        So if the Cosmos beat NYRB, it was predetermined that they had to forfeit home field advantage to Philly (or DCU if they won) because they had a scheduling issue. BUT the Red Bulls don’t have to do the same?

        Game is to be played July 21-22 per USOC, and that’s flexible as RSL v LA was permitted to move their game earlier (July 14)

        NYRB have no MLS games between July 19 and Aug 1. They only have that silly ICC friendly v Chelsea on July 22. I went to ICC game last year and no starters played real minutes. It was a dog-pony show for the fans and only a preseason tune up for international teams.

        If the USOC is SO important (like NYRB promised) why can’t the team led by their Sporting Director (Ali Curtis) figure this simple thing out?

        Why? Because the lip service about USOC being a priority is some bull.

        • Anonymous

          dumb comment

        • slowleftarm

          Disagree. The team makes a lot of money out of charging Chelsea eurosnobs outrageous prices to come watch their heroes jog around in a preseason friendly. I don’t blame them for taking that money (of course it would be nice if they spent it on the team but that’s another matter).

          They are taking the USOC seriously though as shown by their putting out close to first-choice teams for both games so far unlike last year when they put out mostly scrubs in Hempstead.

        • the realities of not owning a stadium

          Cosmos have said they had to forfeit their right to host because they’re not the primary tentant in their stadium and wouldn’t be able to add another game regardless of the date.

  • “According to a team release, all tickets purchased for games at Columbia will be honored at Red Bull Arena.”

    That’s messed up. I guess they forgot to include the Path toll for all Red Bull fans who live in NY?

    • slowleftarm

      So now they have to cover your travel expenses too?

      • Geff

        Not cover travel expenses, but they should offer refunds to those who aren’t able to get into NJ for the matches.

        • slowleftarm

          It’s just as far for most people to get on PATH as it is to schlep to northern tip of Manhattan.

  • Akshay

    Seems like a precursor to a possible Columbia + Man City Lite announcement.

    • Jspech

      Or maybe no one showed up? Embarrassing

      • Larry’s A Simpleton

        like games in nassau county

  • timmy j

    Man City has same colors as Columbia, so maybe?…