The Rowdies Return this Saturday, April 14 with the 2012 home opener at Al Lang Stadium at 7:30 p.m. against FC Edmonton.
Before you arrive at the stadium, we wanted to make sure you knew everything there is to know about attending a Rowdies home game, or at least the most important stuff. So here goes.
Rowdies Fan Zone
One of the newest features on gameday at Al Lang Stadium, the fan zone will include interactive games, food, and much more for the young and old. Fans can enjoy the area before all Saturday night games, as well as the annual Fourth of July showdown with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The fan zone opens at 5:30 p.m.
Arrive early, get free stuff
Rowdies sponsor New Clients has partnered with the team to give away Rowdies Roll-A-Banners to the first 500 fans. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. so don’t miss out on this awesome giveaway.
Al Lang Stadium boasts some of the best views with its scenic waterfront location and you can take full advantage of those this season. Besides the obvious views from the seating areas during the game, you can also check out the field-level Beer Garden along the east side (left field) of the stadium starting at 5:30 p.m. The Beer Garden will offer fans the chance to enjoy drinks and live music, as well as a spectacular view of the water and team warmups, before the gates open at Al Lang.
No More Net
And speaking of views, fans will notice another welcome change when they enter the stadium as the net in front of the stands in the corner of the field closest to the seats (home plate) has been removed, enhancing the view and adding a great new spot for post-game autographs from your favorite Rowdies.
What to Bring
Wear your favorite Rowdies gear and bring your enthusiasm.
Click here to check out this list of what you can’t bring.
Pre-Game and Post-Game Fun
In addition to all of the fun in and around Al Lang Stadium, fans can check out the official pre-game party at Courigan’s in downtown St. Petersburg or stop by Crowley’s Downtown Bar and Grill. And be sure to stop by the post-game bash at Jonny Reno’s on the Pier in St. Petersburg. Your Rowdies ticket stub is good for one free draft beer.
Donate for a Great Cause
At this Saturday's match, fans can donate blood with Florida Blood Services outside Al Lang Stadium before the game to receive Buy One, Get One free tickets for future games (tickets must be redeemed in advance).
Other Quick Facts
Box Office – opens 3 hours before kickoff
Parking - $5 for all games except Fourth of July in the lots and garages near Al Lang Stadium
And remember, you can still get your seats for the upcoming season as well as the home opener, with tickets starting as low as $10. Call the Rowdies ticket office at 813-287-1539 for more information.
See you this Saturday!