48First is providing design and preconstruction services to implement the internal network and WIFI for the Red Bull Arena, home to the Major League Soccer team Red Bull New York.
The Red Bull Arena consists of a 25,000 seat, 380,000 SF soccer stadium and surrounding site improvements. The stadium is located on approximately 12.5 acres in an industrial area, in close proximity to the Passaic River. This area is currently under redevelopment by the Harrison Redevelopment Agency.
Seating areas are divided into two areas: a precast concrete stadia lower bowl and an aluminum stadia upper bowl. There are also thirty (30) custom suites located in the Club Building. it will be completed in January 2010. From then until opening day for the 2010 season on March 21, the stadium will undergo testing and final preparation.
Owner Red Bull says that after playing in Giants Stadium since the team’s inception in 1996, the Red Bulls’ new stadium will be geared toward soccer fans. “The Red Bulls have been playing their game for the past several years in the old Giants stadium, and with the Giants’ new stadium, the Red Bulls decided to go off on their own,” Hunter Roberts Senior Project Manager Michael Parnell says. “They’ve really built what we think is the premier soccer stadium in the country. They really put a lot into this, and it’s coming out beautifully.”
One of the most fan-friendly features at Red Bull Arena is its state-of-the-art roofing system, which covers all stadium seating but leaves the field open to the elements. Made by Birdair, the system is a translucent PTFE fabric structure similar to the roofs at Cowboys Stadium and the Houston Texans’ Reliant Stadium.
“The roof cantilevers out from the outside 120 feet to cover all seats while keeping the field open to sunlight and rain,” Parnell explains. “The fabric is stretched between each truss and anchored, and the leading 60 feet from the tip of the truss back is a semi-translucent material that allows natural sunlight through to feed the natural grass below. Major League Soccer plays rain or shine, so all spectators will be relatively comfortable, even though the game will be played in the rain.”