From Metrofanatic comes news that Giants Stadium aka "The Swamp" aka the most inappropriately large MLS venue will be downsized for the 2008 season. Tickets will only be sold for the side of the field that the TV camera sees, with the exception of section 101 which is home to the Empire Supporters Club.
In addition to filling out the seats for the cameras, this will allow for fewer staff on game day since 3/4ths of the stadium will be closed. New England has been doing this for close to 5 years now and while I agree with the economics of it (since RBNY lose money every time they play in Giants Stadium) it makes for an absolutely horrible fan experience. As an RBNY season ticket holder I will take this opportunity to launch the following plea out into cyberspace.
Please for the love of God and soccer, don't do this. Most soccer fans in the area already think this team/league are a joke. Why supply them with another punchline if this is (allegedly) to be the last year in this stadium? You are rich, so why not skip on Christmas bonuses this year for your employees and do a solid for your fans.
I know at least 2 Red Bull employees read this blog regularly so maybe they will hear my cries. But even if they do they will probably ignore them since I have just asked for their boss to Scrooge them out this year.
UPDATE: Word from RBNY front office is that this only applies to new season ticket holders and single game tickets. Existing season ticket holders can keep there old seats...but apparently they really want you to move and are prepared to offer you an autographed photo of Juan Pablo Angel in exchange for relocating.