My husband has been a fan of the Rowdies since the 1970s. The original club folded in 1993 in 2010 Tampa Bay Football Club was restarted, unable at that time to use the Rowdies trademark. Our adopted US soccer team. Last September we managed to time a holiday/vacation that coincided with a Rowdies game so we had a weekend/night in St Petes.
The Rowdies play at the Al Lang Stadium – very different to a UK football match as this is a baseball stadium. It is also the only football match that I have been to where I could watch the sun set over the sea, planes landing and enjoy a lovely cool bud light on a lovely warm evening.
Situated on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront next to the Salvador Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater, the iconic stadium used to be home to the Tampa Bay Rays for their spring training. Gates Open 1 Hour Prior to Kickoff for All Tampa Bay Rowdies Home Games. There is lots of parking locally, as we were staying we just walked but if we wanted to we could have conserved our energy and caught the bright red and yellow Downtown Looper trolley for just 50 cents. The Downtown Looper passes by Al Lang Stadium, with a stop located at the Hilton, every 15 minutes, and circulates between all of the city’s hotels, attractions and major parking facilities.
We saw them play September 17, 2011 when they drew 1-1 against NSC Minnesota. Was it the best soccer we’ve ever seen – definitely not. Was it a great night out – it definitely was. Would we recommend it and look to repeat it on another trip – absolutely no doubt.