Thursday, April 19, 2007

de Grandpre: Red Bull Park May Open in 2009

In a six-part audio interview with WCBS Radio's Ray Hoffman, RBNY Managing Director Marc De Grandpre hints for the first time that Red Bull Park, currently under construction in Harrision, NJ, may not open in time for any 2008 matches. He also notes that the Red Bulls are "weeks away" from announcing the home permanent training facility, including six training fields and a 50,000-square foot headquarters building.

Rumors abound that East Hanover, New Jersey, a Morris County community less than 15 miles from the Red Bull Park site, will provide the club with a permanent home. Longtime New York supporters will recall the flirtation the club had with Pequannock, NJ on a training center during former GM Nick Sakiewicz's regime. That proposal was shot down by local residents. Here's hoping that that East Hanover, bisected by busy big-box strip Route 10, will be more welcoming.

The radio interview offers little in terms of other news to MLS fans, though it is entertaining that interviewer Hoffman is under the belief that Chivas USA is owned by the folks who make Chivas Regal. de Grandpre does nothing to correct Hoffman, though, which I found a little odd. Enjoy.

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