Al Lang Stadium Special Election Set for May

St. Pete has Major League Soccer fever. In 2016, Tampa Bay Rowdies‘ — currently part of the USL — owner Bill Edwards revealed renderings for a new and improved Al Lang Stadium. The renovations are part of an overall #MLS2STPETE campaign to elevate the green and gold soccer squad to the major leagues.


On March 2, City Council members voted to approve and set the Al Lang Stadium special election for May 2. The vote allows local residents to give the City the power to negotiate a long-term use agreement — cannot exceed 25 years — for Al Lang Stadium.

The proposed agreement would designate Al Lang’s main purpose to be the home for a potential Major League Soccer team. Bill Edwards will cover the entire cost of the May 2 election.


Currently, the team is one of 12 candidates in the running for an MLS franchise. The Rowdies’ regular season with the USL begins March 25 at home against Orlando City B.

Tampa Bay’s Major League Soccer aspirations are fueled by season ticket sales. Show your support for our local soccer team by purchasing yours today.

Do you want to take an active role in fulfilling the Rowdies MLS dreams? It all begins with the transformation of Al Lang Stadium. Join local residents and soccer fans Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5 for a phone banking party. Volunteers are needed to make outgoing calls to potential voters within the St. Pete area and encouraging a YES vote on the Rowdies Referendum.

A script will be provided to volunteers to make the process as easy as possible. Free food and drinks will be provided to all those who participate. Available volunteer hours are from 6-9pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click HERE to sign up.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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