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Photo gallery: Media day

Posted on 17 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Keith Furman and First Row Photos were kind enough to supply ASN with a bevy of photographs from the New York Red Bulls 2010 media day event. Here are just a tiny sample of our favorites, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). For more media day coverage check the videos we supplied as well as this story.

All photos ©Keith Furman / First Row Photos

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RBNY media day videos

Posted on 16 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN is at Red Bull Arena for the New York Red Bulls 2010 media day activities. We will be updating this post constantly throughout the day, so be sure to check back often. Also follow us on Twitter, if you aren’t doing so already, where we have been posting photos.

Red Bulls GM Eric Stover introduces Red Bull Arena in cake form!

The all time First XI MetroBulls:

Here is footage from the intrasquad practice match that was played earlier. Just ignore the goofy commentary, keeping in mind these are unedited.

Practice Videos

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Stover: RB ad spending ‘probably more’ than rest of MLS

Posted on 24 June 2008 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls this year spent “probably more than any team in Major League Soccer on advertising,” the team’s new managing director Eric Stover told local media in a recent roundtable discussion. “We invested a significant amount of money in advertising, it just wasn’t TV based,” said Stover in response to a question about why the team has not purchased television ads. “It was very expensive to put up those Juan Pablo and Jozy billboards up in New York City at the tunnels. That’s the kind of media buy that has never been done in Major League Soccer before.” The discussion’s transcript was posted on the team’s official blog earlier today.

Whether these investments have paid dividends is a matter of debate. The teams has averaged 13,525 fans in seven games this season, which is only slightly better than the 12,979 it averaged in 2007 matches not involving David Beckham. (If the Beckham match and its 65,000 plus attendance figure is factored in, the team’s average gate was 16,530 last season). In fairness, the team’s opponents (Kansas City, Columbus, San Jose, Dallas, to name a few) have been mostly mediocre, uninteresting sides. And obviously the weather has not always been conducive to a field trip to the Swamp.

More encouraging from a true fan’s point of view were Stover’s comments on fan treatment at Red Bull Park, slated to open at the end of next season.
“I know we need to be more flexible with how we treat our fans,” the GM said. “Soccer is a different sport. We want a European-type atmosphere at our facility…We understand very clearly that the experience that our fans have at the Meadowlands is not what they want to have at the new building. We’ll be doing a lot of focus groups so we don’t miss any of those points because we can learn a lot from our fans.”

Only words for now, but I for one see reasons for encouragement. Assuming, of course, the stadium ever opens…

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Stover promoted to replace de Grandpre

Posted on 28 May 2008 by ASN Staff

Erik Stover has been promoted to managing director of Red Bull New York , replacing the position vacated by Marc de Grandpre, last month.

Stover joined Red Bull New York on March 1, 2008, as vice president, operations and general manager of Red Bull Park. Previously, Stover was the general manager of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego since 2005. Prior to Qualcomm, he spent nine years with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

Stover will oversee all of the business and commercial aspects of the team. In addition, Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio and Sporting Director Jeff Agoos will report to Stover.

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