The New York Red Bulls II are set to make a major move, as the team is prepping for its first season at MSU Soccer Park.
Earlier this year, the USL franchise announced that MSU Soccer Park would become its new home starting with the 2017 season. Red Bulls II, who spent the much of last two seasons at Red Bull Arena, are set to share the facility with Montclair State University‘s soccer teams.
Though their first home games at MSU Soccer Park will not take place until March, Red Bulls II built some hype for the season on Monday by announcing that MLS commissioner Don Garber was their first season ticket holder at the stadium. In addition, updates were provided on the ongoing improvements to MSU Soccer Park. More from The Montclarion:
The New York Red Bulls II assisted in the renovations to MSU Soccer Park so that the facility meets USL standards. The old bleachers are gone, and Pittser Field now has expanded and upgraded bleachers. The field can now hold 3,500 fans and will eventually hold 5,000 fans. From 2007 to 2014, prior to the new partnership between the club and the university, the Red Bulls trained and practiced at Montclair State.
Now the Red Bulls have a home again at Montclair State, and members of the university community are excited for what the opportunity will bring.
“By having a stadium here, [recruits] are going to be absolutely shocked by what they see up here,” said Pat Naughter, head coach of Montclair State’s women’s soccer team. “That’s going to be great. I think there’s a lot of great things about Montclair State, from the recruiting standpoint. Great education, great place to go to school, but you can’t always see that when you’re up here for a day.”
“I just think it gets more people on campus. It gets more people associating Montclair State with soccer, which is a good thing,” Naughter added.
MSU Soccer Park, which is located in Montclair, NJ, first opened for college soccer in 1998.
Image courtesy New York Red Bulls.