Tampa Bay Rowdies Will Kick Off First USL Season With A Party

Tampa Bay Rowdies Kickoff Party Set For Thursday Night

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are kicking off their first season in the United Soccer League with a party Thursday night. The event is free to the public and fans are sure to come out to support their Bay Area soccer team.

The party will take place at the Mahaffey Theater at 7 p.m. Doors will open to the general public at 6:30 p.m., but season ticket members can enter at 6.

The Rowdies will offer complimentary beer and hors d’oeuvre. Fans are urged to RSVP with their number of guests to [email protected] Furthermore, fans in attendance will get to witness the unveiling of the Rowdies’ new alternate kit for the 2017 season and will have opportunities to meet and take photos with the team.

Background on the Rowdies

The Rowdies were one of the first professional sports franchises in the Bay Area and to this day remain one of the most recognizable brands in soccer. Since their establishment in 1975 the team won the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship twice and has created an entertaining franchise with the Fannies, Wowdies and “Kick in the Grass” theme song.

In 2008 investors purchased the rights to a professional soccer franchise and named it FC Tampa Bay Rowdies with the intention to enter the new incarnation of the NASL. The newly established team began play in 2010.

One year later the team temporarily dropped the “Rowdies” name and moved to St. Petersburg. They would drop the FC and reacquire the Rowdies name in 2012 before winning their second NASL Soccer Bowl Championship.

In October 2016 the team announced that they will compete in the United Soccer League beginning with the 2017 season.


The Rowdies will kickoff their first season in the USL Sat. March 25th against Orlando City B at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Petersburg.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.