Red Bull Arena progressing nicely

The New York Red Bulls held their topping off ceremony at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday in which the last piece of steel was hoisted into place. The 25,189-seat facility is scheduled to open next year and it will unmistakeable be the premier stadium in MLS.

Check out the team’s Red Bull Arena webpage for a webcam and photos of the stadium. Perhaps the most impressive – and most expensive – aspect of the stadium is a translucent overhang around that whole stadium which the team says will cover every seat in the stadium.

The stadium is located in Harrison, N.J. and I’m told this location is much more accessible for fans than Giants Stadium is at the Meadowlands. With an improved location and simple magnificent building, perhaps the team might finally start to draw a respectable attendance beginning next year.

Here’s a look at all 15 teams and their stadiums for 2009:

Teams who play in soccer-specific stadiums
Real Salt Lake (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Colorado (Dicks Sporting Goods Park)
Los Angeles Galaxy (Home Depot Center)
Chivas USA (Home Depot Center)
FC Dallas (Pizza Hut Park)
Toronto FC (BMO Field)
Columbus Crew (Crew Stadium)
Chicago Fire (Toyota Park)

Teams who don’t play in soccer-specific stadiums
Seattle Sounders (Qwest Field)
San Jose Earthquakes (Buck Shaw Stadium)
Houston Dynamo (Robertson Stadium)
New York Red Bulls (Giants Stadium)
New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium)
D.C. United (RFK Stadium)
Kansas City Wizards (Community America Ballpark)

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