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Dec. 12, 2019 — When Blue meets Red

One of the aftereffects of the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is the fact that a number of teams in the U.S. domestic league, the National Women’s Soccer League, are demanding, and receiving, better facilities.

I think, however, the biggest upgrade occurred with Sky Blue FC. The team called Yurcak Field at Rutgers University home. And, from every indication, hated it.

Indeed, there were numerous stories coming out of the locker room about the lack of decent locker rooms and showers for players, and the inability of the Sky Blue front office to find a better deal on a home field.

Apparently, that has been struck. A few weeks ago, it was announced that Sky Blue’s new home would be the $200 million Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

“The move to Red Bull Arena builds upon the positive momentum we gained last season and will help propel our club and the league to the next level,” said Sky Blue GM Alyse LaHue. “After our players and fans experienced Red Bull Arena in 2019, we knew it was the perfect venue to host Sky Blue and showcase this incredible league.”

Sky Blue played two matches at the home of MLS’s New York Red Bulls, earning draws against Orlando and Reign FC.