The small town of Harrison is located in Hudson County in New Jersey in the United States. With the geographical area of 1.3 square miles, this town has the total population of 14, 424 and is considered as a suburb of the neighboring town of Newark. The 3, 636 families that reside in this town have a fair mix of whites, African Americans, Asians, Hispanics as well as Pacific Islanders. A number of residents of this area are able to trace their ancestry to the Chinese making it the fifth largest place in New Jersey with Chinese ancestry.
During the colonial times this town was passed on as a charter to Captain William Standford who hailed from Barbados. Consequently this area was called the New Barbados Neck. In the 1840’s with a petition that was passed by the State of New Jersey, Hudson County was formed and the town of Harrison was formally established. It is presumed and accepted that the town got its name from the elected president of that year, President William Henry Harrison.
Harrison Thrived as a trade centre in the late 1800’s due to its proximity to the rail lines as well as for its waterfront. A number of industries that were established in this area were Otis Elevator, Worthington Pump and Machinery, Edison Lamp Works, Crucible Steel Company, the Peter Hauck Brewery, the RCA Company, Driver-Harris Company, Hartz Mountain, Hyatt Roller Bearing and Nopco Chemical.
One of the major professional sports team that makes news in Harrison is the Red Bull New York. They are a soccer club that has been a participant in the Major Soccer League. They along with the Anschutz entertainment Group inaugurated the Red Bull arena in 2006. Until the Red Bull Arena is being completed, Red Bull New York, shall continue to play all their home matches in the in the Meadowlands Sports Complex’s Giants Stadium in New Jersey. This team in headquartered in Secaucus in New Jersey and was originally called the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars. Then they went by the name of Metro Stars from the 1998 to the 2006 season. With the teams’ sale to Red Bull, their team name was consequently changed again to Red Bull New York in 2006.
The Red Bull sports arena being built is landmark to the change and redevelopment process that has been initiated in Harrison. This sports arena made news in this area for its unique structure and housing capacity. This arena is said to have a European style roof and shall be able to seat 25,000 sports fans.
Apart from soccer, some of the other sports that shall be played in this arena are international rugby, professional lacrosse as well as football. This arena will also be host to a number of college sports hosting large championship matches in this area. The Red Bull Arena is expected to be complete and operational in time for the Major League Soccer Championships in March 2010.