Red Bull New York held their first game at the new Red Bull Arena on Saturday (I’ll be in attendance at the official season home opener next weekend, and reporting back here), and the Newark Star-Ledger marked the occasion with an article with this headline:
Unfortunately, neither the article itself nor the photo of the new stadium shows any signs of nearby redevelopment. In fact, the story reports that the stadium “sticks out like a sore thumb in a neighborhood of vacant warehouses and empty lots. … The local PATH station is a 10-minute walk away, and most restaurants are in the opposite direction, across Route 280.”
It’s always possible that the prospect of catering to hungry soccer fans will cause restaurants to sprout like dandelions, especially once they realize what a bad idea it is to take the bus from Newark instead of walking from the train. Though given that MLS clubs only play 15 home games a year, they’d better hope those fans are really, really hungry.