Despite the drone of vuvuzelas at the 2010 World Cup, soccer is gaining a hold on American sports fans. Why not get out and support your local lads?
New York's MLS team has been dubbed the Red Bulls since 2006, but they only just earned their own soccer-only stadium. Opened in March 2010, Red Bull Arena is the region's best pitch for players and fans. Stadium seating ensures close viewing, with rows beginning just 21 feet from the pitch. With its state-of-the-art translucent roof, weather is not an issue for fans—every guest at the 25,000-seat stadium is protected from the elements.
The Red Bulls' regular season runs through October. They face the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, August 28; the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, September 11; Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, October 2; Real Salt Lake on Saturday, October 9; and New England Revolution on Thursday, October 21. Times vary between evening and late afternoon, so check the schedule.
Red Bull Arena is located in Harrison, NJ—an easy ride on the PATH train from Manhattan. The stadium is also hosting this year's college tournament, the Big East Men's Soccer Championship, on November 12 & 14.