Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls, went blue this year in honor of World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2 and Light It Up Blue
In addition, the soccer stadium, located in Harrison, NJ, will host the 3rd annual Autism Awareness Night
presented by Speedway on Saturday, April 29 when the Red Bulls take on the Chicago Fire at 7:30pm.
Red Bull Arena will be fully activated to support Autism Awareness Night which will include the venue's security staff being trained on how to work with families impacted by Autism; dedicated entrance at Gates C1 to ensure easy ingress for families; dedicated Quiet Zone to provide those in the autism community with a sensory-friendly and judgment free environment; there will be no music in the "BULLevard" area from 4:30-5:30pm; players will wear Autism Awareness themed items on the pitch; limited-edition match-day posters with Autism Awareness theme will be given to the first 5,000 fans; sensory sensitive items (including sensory sacks) will be handed out to families impacted by Autism.
Fans should use promotional code Autism17
when purchasing tickets in order to donate a portion of their sale to Autism Speaks by logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com/AutismAwareness
. Donations are not tax deductible.
The first 1,000 fans to use the code will receive a limited-edition Red Bulls/Autism Speaks scarf.
Nine-year old Julia de Grandpre, the daughter of Red Bulls General Manager
Marc de Grandpre, is on the Autism Spectrum. The following article was written in advance of last year's Autism Awareness Night and tells the inspiring story of Julia's amazing connection to the players and coaching staff.
Thank you New York RedBulls staff and players!