New York City FC being denied use of their training ground for home games and instead being placed in Red Bull Arena — home to rivals the New York Red Bulls — has definitely caused a bit of a stir among the the club’s fan base. Further complicating matters is Toronto FC reportedly being slated to call RBA home as well for the time being.
But that may not be it, either.
Today, Clint O’Neil — a contributor to TSN in Canada — is reporting that the Montreal Impact could be temporarily relocating to Red Bull Arena as well, creating a mini Northeast bubble as most MLS clubs return to their home markets.
Expect the Montreal Impact to announce that they will play home games at the at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. (Per sources) #RBNY #IMFC #MLSisBack— Clint Bubba O'Neil (@BubbaCHCH) August 11, 2020
Should the reports of TFC and Montreal temporarily being based in New Jersey ring true, that would bring the total of teams sharing RBA to four, making it one of the most unprecedented ground shares in history.
Toronto and Montreal’s relocation are due to Canada’s strict travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic of the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus) that has swept the world. Currently, the Red Bulls and NYCFC are slated to begin their season against each other on August 20. Neither Toronto or Montreal have had announcements regarding when their respective seasons will resume.