Not only are the Rowdies back at the top of the standings, they’re back in St. Pete for a three-week homestand at Al Lang Stadium. Check out what to do in the stadium if you’re headed in for a match.
The Rowdies are on a roll, roaring back into town on a 3-1-1 hot streak that has them sitting at the top of the Atlantic Division in the USL’s Eastern Conference. Now, with home matches at Al Lang Stadium each of the next three weekends, the Rowdies are ready to fill up the bandwagon on their chase for the USL Cup.
Whether you’re diving head-first into the fanfare, or just want some English football while you wait on American football, there’s plenty to do in the stadium once you’re there. And one of the best upsides to the historic stadium is that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Hop into the grandstands, dip out to the bleachers at midfield, or find yourself in either of the group areas in the grass at field level.
For nearly every game, there is some kind of special event happening. This Saturday, for instance, there’s a pre-game happy hour featuring $5 craft beer from Big Storm Brewing, followed by postgame fireworks over the stadium once the match has concluded. And just as a reminder, Al Lang Stadium is completely cash-free, accepting only cards, Apple Pay or Google Pay.
If you’ve never been to a Rowdies game, it’s one of St. Pete’s most enjoyable and underrated experiences with boisterous crowds who sing, cheer and, of course, heckle, all match long. Not to mention, the club is one of the best in the league, meaning you’ll get an entertaining performance night in and night out. Plus, there’s no other pro stadium in the Bay where you can watch a game with views of downtown and the water during sunset. So don your green and yellow, grab a seat by Ralph’s Mob, and get ready to cheer.
What to do in the stadium?
Behind the bleachers on the west sideline, the new Midfield Courtyard is the hub for extracurricular activities, featuring a wide variety of fun and food for all ages (and drink for, well, older ages). Additionally, food and drink are available throughout the grandstand. Between the two areas, there are plenty of highlights. Among them:
The Rowdies Gaming Trailer – Presented by the Rowdies Twitch channel, the gaming-centric truck allows fans to have an interactive e-sports experience, right inside the stadium as part of the Midfield Courtyard.
Penalty Kick for Kids – Also located in the Midfield Courtyard, young fans can line up to take a penalty shot at the inflatable goal for a chance to win prizes.
Beans & Barlour – Our favorite spot for dessert has its truck posted up at EVERY match this season, allowing you to get decadent and delicious milkshakes all night long. Make them boozy if you want to liven up the evening.
Food – A rotating list of food trucks comes in alongside Beans & Barlour to provide hot and tasty eats every home game, Dip N Dots brings the ice cream of the future to each match, and the “Give And Go” Fan Favorites food stands are located at multiple stations throughout the stadium concourse and in the Midfield Courtyard offering traditional ballgame grub.
Drink – Looking for some adult beverages? There are regular specialty nights, and plenty available throughout the stadium no matter what. After Beans & Barlour, find good beer at the Courtyard Bar and the Big Storm Corner Kick Bar. Heads up: alcohol sales are cut off at the 75th minute.
Rowdies Merch – The main merchandise tent is in the Midfield Courtyard (you can’t miss it) but there is also a stand set up outside Gate Two before kickoff, and inside Gate One all game long.
Upcoming Rowdies homes matches:
- Saturday, August 28, 7:30 pm vs Charlotte Independence
- Friday, September 3, 7:30 pm vs Oakland Roots
- Saturday, September 11, 7:30 pm vs New York Red Bulls II
Tickets for home matches available here.