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Red Bulls, DC United Swap MLS Playoff Home Dates In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy
Published November 1, 2012
THAT'S LOGISTICS: In DC, Steven Goff notes United President & CEO Kevin Payne yesterday "bristled at the idea of relinquishing the second game at home," but then "agreed to the move" after discussions with Garber and Red Bulls GM Jerome de Bontin. The change was "a mixed blessing for United’s ticket office." The team will play at home on a weekend, "when attendance is historically larger," but the challenge is "selling tickets on short notice." Payne said that United had "sold about 10,000 tickets for the Wednesday home match." Goff reports fans who "aren’t able to attend Saturday may request a refund from the place of purchase." Sources said that MLS will "help pay for United’s marketing and public relations efforts in the coming days." MLS also has "agreed to lift the limit of 500 visiting fans for the return leg in New Jersey" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/1). de Bontin said that Red Bull Arena "was structurally sound and wasn't flooded, but was essentially without power and was expected to be throughout the weekend." de Bontin: "The water never made it to the field. We uncovered the field yesterday, and the field is in perfect shape. Water came all the way to the building, but never had water in the building" (N.Y. POST, 11/1).
NFL GAME LOOKING OK: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday's Steelers-Giants game at MetLife Stadium "will go on and there shouldn’t be any interruptions." There are concerns about transportation to the stadium because “people are having a difficult time getting around the New York/New Jersey area right now with public transportation suspended.” It will “come back in partial service” on Thursday and “there may be complications with fans getting to the game on Sunday and frankly right now, that’s the least of everybody’s concerns” ("NFL Live,” ESPN, 10/31).