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NWSL team Sky Blue FC moves fixture to Red Bull Arena due to high fan demand

National Women’s Soccer League team Sky Blue FC has announced that its Sunday, August 18, game against Reign FC has been moved to the 25,000-capacity Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Sky Blue usually plays at the 5,000-capacity Yurcak Field, which is on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Red Bull Arena is the home of Major League Soccer team New York Red Bulls.

The team had already announced that the game against Reign FC – whose stars include United States Women’s World Cup heroes Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long – was a sell-out.

“We’re beyond excited that we have to move the game to Red Bull Arena because fan interest is so high,” said Sky Blue and USWNT player Carli Lloyd. “This will be a great experience for my teammates and another opportunity for Sky Blue to continue building toward a successful and sustainable future.”

Since the Women’s World Cup in France, Sky Blue also played in front of a sell-out crowd against Washington Spirit on Wednesday, July 24.

In June, Sky Blue interim general manager Alyse LaHue told SportBusiness that the club was looking to play a game at Red Bull Arena and move to another stadium in the longer term in order to find new relevance.

Last week, the NWSL extended its commercial partnership with Nike, following deals with ESPN and Budweiser.