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The latest from snowy Red Bull Arena

Nov 7, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

Conditions like this back in November 2012, would make a August-May schedule hard to pull off in MLS Conditions like this back in November 2012, would make a August-May schedule hard to pull off in MLS

Just minutes ago, I sent a text message to MLS executive vice president of communications Dan Courtemanche regarding the absolutely awful conditions at Red Bull Arena, where snow re-covers the field as fast as dozens of men and women and with shovels cannot clear it.

As of 8:32 p.m. ET, MLS officials were still trying hard to play the match.

Courtemanche told me MLS officials, including commissioner Don Garber on site, have discussed a variety of options, including further delay tonight and playing the match tomorrow:

Here’s what Courtemanche subsequently sent via email:

After careful review and consultation with the participating clubs and local officials the past few days, Major League Soccer decided to move forward with playing tonight’s Red Bulls – D.C. United match at Red Bull Arena as scheduled.

Soccer is a sport that traditionally plays through adverse weather conditions, provided that the safety of the players, fans and staff is not unduly put at risk.

Red Bull Arena is a state-of-the-art facility that features a roof that covers all seating for spectators.

We are working closely with the national weather service to monitor the storm system affecting the area today.”

  1. vadcsportsnut - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    They knew that storm was coming for a week now. No excuse not to have some snowblowers and enough staff to clear the field. MLS blew this one!

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