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Red Bull Arena avoided flooding during Hurricane Sandy’s devastating tour through New Jersey, but the arena and the area surrounding it was hit by a power outage, according to a statement released by the team on Tuesday afternoon.
Here is the statement:
“Our staff was continually assessing Red Bull Arena overnight and this morning and found only minor, non-structural damage to the facility. In addition, the pitch was fully covered and did not experience flooding. We want to thank our stadium operations and security staff for their tremendous job in preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Our club is currently in communication with local officials, authorities and Major League Soccer and evaluating our options for Saturday’s playoff game against D.C. United. We hope to provide further information soon.”
With the stadium being in good shape, Saturday’s Eastern Conference semifinal playoff game between the Red Bulls and D.C. United has a better chance of being played, but the area must first deal with the power outage and storm clean-up in the area. There are also issues relating to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy on the area’s transportation system to consider. Flooding of PATH stations could limit transportation options for Red Bulls fans coming to New Jersey from New York.
The Red Bulls are scheduled to face D.C. United on Saturday night at 8pm in the first leg of their home-and-home semifinal.