June 19, 2012
IT'S A SELLOUT
Source: United game could have largest attendance at Red Bull Arena
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
The Sunday night rivalry match between the Red Bulls and D.C. United is always full of intensity and a little bit of hate.
It will also be a full Red Bull Arena as well.
A league source on Tuesday told BigAppleSoccer.com that the match will be a sell-out and in all likelihood “the highest ever attended event at Red Bull Arena, and that includes the All-Star Game last summer.”
This will be the first sell-out of the season for the Red Bulls.
The club is eyeing the next few games for a rise in attendance. Given the New York’s recent six-game streak without a loss (which ended in Chicago with a 3-1 defeat), the Red Bulls are hoping to parlay a hot start into an uptick at the gate.
Through six home games this year, the Red Bulls are averaging 15,823 fans, down nearly 20 percent from last year’s end of season average of 19,691. But attendance through the same time last year was north of 16,000 fans but the source pointed to a difference between 2011 and this season.
“Comp tickets given out for home games are down considerably, we are down to around 1,000 a game which is a significant cut,” the source said. “Reasonably, the club will give out only 20,000 comp tickets this season, which go primarily to sponsors, the league, things like that.”