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Santos friendly to kick off Red Bull Arena grand opening March 20

Posted on 21 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today, Jan. 21, that it will face Brazilian club, Santos on March 20 in the official “grand opening” of Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Kickoff time will be announced at a future date.

The Red Bulls, who will also host a soft opening at a date to be determined, will offer “The Stage is Set” two-game ticket package, which goes on sale Jan. 28 at 3:00 PM.

“Santos has a tremendous following globally, including within the vibrant areas located directly near Red Bull Arena,” said Red Bull New York General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. “We’re thrilled to face a quality squad that features elite players including Fábio Costa and Neymar in the lead-up to the MLS regular season.”

“To be part of the Grand Opening of Red Bull Arena allows us to celebrate another chapter of that history and move forward with the globalization of our brand,” said Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, President of Santos.

Founded in 1912, Santos has a storied history in Brazil. Winners of 17 Paulista Championships, including in 2006 and 2007, Santos is renowned as being the first club where Pele – one of the greatest players in the sport’s history – started his career in 1956 when he was 15 years old. Santos has also won two Brazilian Championships in 2002 and 2004. Along with Pele, Santos has had many Brazilian stars in its ranks including Robinho, Giovanni and Elano.

The exhibition match is included in the 2010 Red Bulls Full Season Ticket packages at no additional cost. Beginning this Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10:00 AM, Season Ticket Holders will also receive an exclusive three-day pre-sale window to purchase additional discounted seats to this match and the Red Bulls MLS Home Opener against the Chicago Fire on March 27.

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