1,000 soccer fans help Rowdies prepare for season opener

More than 1,000 soccer fans were on hand March 23 to help the Tampa Bay Rowdies prepare to launch the regular season at Mahaffey Theater, a release on the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce website said.

The evening included a question-and-answer period with Rowdies Chairman and CEO Bill Edwards, Chief Operating Officer Lee Cohen and former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker moderated by Tampa Bay Business Journal Editor Alexis Muellner, the release said. Baker and Edwards focused on discussing an upcoming referendum in St. Petersburg in May on a proposal that would allow the team to negotiate a long-term use agreement with the city for Al Lang Stadium, the release said.

Rowdies players helped debut the new team outfits that included a new goalkeeper uniform, the release said.

The next day, the Rowdies began their season with a 1-0 win over the Orlando City B in front of over 7,700  fans at Al Lang Stadium, a chamber release said.

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