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Suncoast Invitational Returns to St. Petersburg

By Rowdies Communications, 01/18/19, 1:00PM EST


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (January 18, 2018) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies will host the fourth-annual Suncoast Invitational beginning on February 16, welcoming some of Major League Soccer’s biggest stars to Al Lang Stadium. D.C. United, the Montreal Impact and the Philadelphia Union will join the Rowdies for an exciting preseason series.

"The Suncoast Invitational gives fans a chance to get their first look at an exciting 2019 Tampa Bay Rowdies roster," said Rowdies Vice Chairman Brian Auld. "And we're thrilled for the opportunity to bring one of the all-time greats, Wayne Rooney to our fans right here in downtown St. Petersburg."

Matches will kick off with a doubleheader on Saturday, February 16, followed by single matches on Wednesday, February 20 and Saturday, February 23. The matches fall in the final two weeks before the MLS season kicks off, as teams are finishing their preseason preparations.

As in years past, the Montreal Impact will enjoy an extended residency in St. Petersburg and use Al Lang Stadium as its preseason training base. The Impact will arrive in St. Pete on February 11 and remain in residency until February 24.

As a special offer, every 2019 Rowdies Season Ticket Holder will receive complimentary tickets to each of the four matches of the Suncoast Invitational. Starting on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 10 a.m., Season Ticket Holders can log into “My Account Manager” by visiting or contact the Rowdies Ticket Sales Department at 727-222-2000 to claim their seats for each match. Deadline to claim seats is Friday, February 1st, 2019.

For the first time, Tampa Bay Rays Season Ticket Holders can experience the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational for free through the Rays Rewards program. A limited number of tickets are available now on a first-come, first-served basis. Rays Season Ticket Holders who claim complimentary tickets via Rays Rewards will receive their tickets by going to the box office at Al Lang Stadium on the day of the event, beginning three hours before the start of the match.

Beginning next Thursday, January 24 fans can purchase single game tickets to the Suncoast Invitational at or via phone, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. For group tickets, please call the Rowdies at 727-222-2000.

All matches will be played at Al Lang Stadium, the full match schedule is below:

Saturday, February 16
4 p.m. — Montreal Impact vs Philadelphia Union
7:30 p.m. — Tampa Bay Rowdies vs D.C. United

Wednesday, February 20
7 p.m. — Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday, February 23
7 p.m. — Montreal Impact vs D.C. United