In a race for information of any kind, Red Bull fans turned to Twitter and other social platforms to find any update that would offer some clues as to the state of Red Bull Arena ahead of this weekend’s playoff encounter against DC United.
They were treated to a host of rumors including the supposed flooding of the Arena floor and the destruction of the stadium’s rooftop.
Today, the New York Red Bulls released a statement to clarify situations:
“Our staff was continually assessing Red Bull Arena overnight and this morning and found only minor, non-structural damage to the facility. In addition, the pitch was fully covered and did not experience flooding. We want to thank our stadium operations and security staff for their tremendous job in preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Our club is currently in communication with local officials, authorities and Major League Soccer and evaluating our options for Saturday’s playoff game against D.C. United. We hope to provide further information soon.”
The statement fell just short of confirming the field’s readiness for this weekend’s encounter, but did offer an encouraging picture of the Arena’s condition. While Harrison continues to dig it’s way out of the storm, there are other concerns as well. PSE&G, New Jersey’s premiere electrical supplier, has already warned that full power to many areas of the state will take anywhere from 7-10 days. Meanwhile, the PATH trains are practically ruled out for this weekend’s match and beyond.
There is no word on whether their first leg match will be moved to a different venue.
While the logistics settle, New York has announced regular practices for the team will resume as of tomorrow. The Red Bulls are set to play DC United at 8pm this Saturday evening.