When MLS first envisioned a second team in New York, it was in large part to help capture the attention of the United States’ biggest city. But the team was also supposed to provide the New York Red Bulls with a true rival, giving the Big Apple a big derby that would bolster both clubs, as well as the league.
And that is exactly what is happening.
New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls will play the first Hudson River Derby this Sunday, and ticket demand is through the roof. Well, MLS and Red Bulls relative through the roof.
The match has been sold out for some time and on the secondary market, it’s the most expensive regular season match at Red Bull Arena in two years. According to SeatGeek, fans are paying an average price of $50 per ticket for Sunday’s match and the get-in price is at $36. Both those numbers are at least double the average Red Bulls home match.
For comparison’s sake, the price for Hudson River Derby tickets is equal to that of last Sunday’s Yankees-Mets game. And the prices for this match are the third-highest in MLS this season, behind Sounders-Timbers and Sounders-Galaxy clashes.
Seeing as the 25,000-seat Red Bull Arena is very rarely full, this is going to be a special occasion and a cracking atmosphere. It’s almost like this is exactly what MLS envisioned*.
* We’re going to do MLS a solid and ignore the return match being played at a baseball stadium. Oops.