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Actual Blackout Forces Rescheduling of Stadium ‘Blackout’

 A general view of the field as the New York Red Bulls play the Santos FC on March 20, 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  Red Bull Arena, in 2010.

The Red Bulls — who play their games in Harrison, New Jersey, near the Passaic River — are set to take on D.C. United in the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals. It's a two-game, home-and-home series, which will be determined by total goals. But Red Bull Arena, which itself was mostly undamaged by Hurricane Sandy, has no power. (It has generators, but it could be days until normal power is restored.) D.C. United, the better seed, was supposed to visit the Red Bulls Saturday and host them next week, but because of the circumstances, they've ceded their home-field advantage and instead will host the Red Bulls in the first leg and visit them in the second. In an unfortunate bit of promotion that they've used in the past, D.C. United is hyping their first home playoff match in five years as the return of the "Blackout." And so, that RFK Stadium "Blackout" will now happen on Saturday; leg two is now scheduled for Wednesday in Harrison — provided Red Bull Arena is ready by then.

Here's a video promoting the match at RFK Stadium. The Blackout returns.

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