On Sunday March 12, 2016, Red Bull Arena will play host to a regular season match of the 2015-2016 Aviva Premiership. The Premiership is England's top flight Rugby Union league. The match will pit London Irish against the current defending champions Saracens.
"We're thrilled to welcome Premiership Rugby to Red Bull Arena, and to offer our fans the opportunity to see a competitive, regular season match between two storied clubs," said Marc de Grandpre, General Manager of the New York Red Bulls.
Mark McCafferty, Premiership Rugby's Chief Executive said: "This is a significant day in the history of Premiership Rugby and one that has taken a number of years and a lot of hard work to bring to fruition. Premiership Rugby is the most competitive league in world rugby with a fast-growing following outside England and we are delighted to stage a competitive match in the USA. There are ambitious plans to grow the game in the States and this is the latest stage in that strategy. I'd like to thank both London Irish for their support and vision in making this bold step as well as Saracens and our partners The Legacy Agency Inc and USA Rugby. We firmly believe this will be a great success and will showcase live Aviva Premiership Rugby to a new audience."
"We are looking forward to bringing these two world class clubs to the New York area for what will be a memorable matchup," said USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville, who will be advising on the match. "Our sport continues to grow in the United States, and we believe this event will be another big step forward in the growth of the game."
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 30th. New York Red Bulls Season Ticket Holders will be offered an exclusive presale window beginning Thursday, October 29 at 10 a.m.