ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 23, 2017) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies kicked off their 2017 season with a bang Thursday night at the Mahaffey Theater with nearly 1,000 fans in attendance to welcome in the regular season.
The night was highlighted by a question and answer session with Rowdies Chairman and CEO Bill Edwards, former Mayor of St. Petersburg Rick Baker and Rowdies COO Lee Cohen, moderated by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Alexis Muellner. In the Q&A, Edwards and Baker emphasized the upcoming St. Petersburg referendum on May 2 which would allow the Rowdies to negotiate a long-term use agreement with City Council for the use of Al Lang Stadium.
As the show continued, Rowdies midfielder debuted an all-new white alternate kit featuring a single sharp green and gold stripe on both the jersey and socks. Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens debuted a new electric blue goalkeeper jersey, while Akira Fitzgerald modeled a gray version. In addition to the white alternate kit, the Rowdies will continue to use their famed hooped jerseys and the green kits from 2016.