Extra stadium info – Red Bull Arena
The construction of the Red Bull Arena started in 2006 and its construction costs were $200 million. In 2017, the stadium hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifier, when the national football team of the United States played against Costa Rica in front of a capacity crowd. Gotham FC and Red Bull New York use the Red Bull Arena for home games. Gotham FC are National Women’s Soccer League members and RBNY are Major League Soccer members. Gotham FC was founded in 2006 and Red Bull New York was founded in 1994. Both clubs were founded under a different name. Red Bull New York, also known as the Red Bulls, and arch-rivals New York City Football Club are among the first football clubs from the Americas with a value of $100 million.
The Red Bull Arena opened in 2010 with a football match between Red Bull New York and Santos FC from Brazil. The match was played in front of a capacity crowd of 25,000 people and it was won 3-1 by the home side. The world famous French FIFA World Cup winner Thierry Henry, who also played professional football for AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal and FC Barcelona, joined Red Bull New York in 2010. He became one of the first athletes with 1 million followers on his main social media page. Henry played his first-ever UEFA Champions League final with Arsenal in 2006 and his only FIFA Club World Cup final with FC Barcelona in 2009.