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Red Bulls 2023 Opening Game Sat. 3/4 7:30 PM

Mar 04, 2023
New York Red Bulls v Nashville SC Cover

The New York Red Bulls are back for their Season Opener at their Home Stadium, Red Bulls Arena, in Harrison NJ.  Fans are excited and looking forward to the new season meanwhile residents of Harrison NJ especially those in the Southern part of Town where the Red Bulls Arena is located are not as thrilled.  Red Bulls games bring traffic and gridlock to the community and also the necessity to plan ahead as local bridges are closed leading to a longer commute back home.  Truth be told, the Red Bulls games are not as bad as international games at the Red Bulls Arena which usually sell out and bring fans that have been described as enthusiastic boarding on fanatics for their chosen team.

The Red Bulls will be taking on the Nashville Soccer Club (Nashville SC) with a 7:30 p.m. start.  Nashville SC joined the Major League Soccer club in 2020 and is based out of Nashville, Tennessee.   The team is principally owned by John Ingram owner of Ingram Industries joined by other investors and partial owners the Turner family who also own discount stores, the Dollar General Stores.

Nashville SC’s home stadium is Geodis Park which seats 30,000 soccer fans and is a soccer-specific stadium located at the historic Nashville Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee. The stadium opened last year on May 1, 2022, with the Nashville SC home team facing the Philadelphia Union.

Game Day Traffic

The Harrison Police Department issued a Red Bull Arena Event Notice for the Red Bulls Home Season Opener. The estimated attendance at the Red Bull Arena is 12,500 fans.  Because of the Soccer game, additional traffic delays are expected in Harrison NJ, and the Ironbound Section of Newark NJ.

No Parking Signs will be posted in advance on streets surrounding the Red Bulls Arena.

During Red Bull Arena events Peter Higgins Blvd. is closed between Guyon Drive & Crucible Drive. starting at 8:00 a.m. and extending to 11:30 p.m.

Crucible Drive between So. Fifth Street and Peter Higgins Blvd will be closed from Noon to 11:30 p.m.

Riverbend Drive between Frank E. Rodgers Blvd and Peter B. Higgins Blvd will be closed from Noon to 11:30 p.m.

The Park Mobile App will deny any payment attempt for parking in streets designated No Parking.

The Harrison Police Department will also be enforcing restrictions on parking construction vehicles or equipment on the street surrounding the Red Bulls Arena.  Any vehicle in violation of towing restrictions will be ticketed and towed.

Resident Police Escorts

The Harrison Police Department will be providing Police Escorts for a resident who resides in the area surrounding the Red Bulls Arena and Path Station.  Police escorts will be available to all residents wishing to return to their homes during the egress of the event while Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South is closed. Staging for the escort will be located in the parking lot next to the Seabra’s Grocery Store on Bergen Street next to Wendy's restaurant. The Harrison Police Department has provided a map outlining street closures and resident escort information.  The Harrison Police Department can be reached at 973 483-4100 or by email at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

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