Tampa, Florida – For more than a decade, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have called the Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg home.
Thursday night, the club put up a new flag on the other side of Tampa Bay.
The Rowdies, in partnership with Hisense USA, Musco Lighting and the Football Foundation of America, unveiled a new community-oriented mini-pitch at the club’s new training facility in Tampa. United Soccer League.
The Rowdies are set to move to a new facility in northwest Tampa in the new year, with a mini-pitch next to a recently relocated training field and upgraded offices and indoor training rooms that will serve as the club’s new home. The facility will allow Rowdies vice president Ryan Helfrick to target the club’s potential players for the USL Championship while providing his resources to the community, including his Rowdies Futsal program, which was launched late last year. It just adds to the charm.
“I think the biggest thing for us is being able to cover both sides of the bay, be involved on the Tampa side and the St. Petersburg side, and have a training facility. Areas and play for coaches [Neill] Collins,” said Helfrich. “We’ve had success on the field. Now that we have success off the field and have facilities like this and the ability to engage with local youth, with this community mini-pitch, children of all ages We provide a fun and safe environment for them to come and play.”
Rowdies players Jan Eclat, Aaron Gillen and Leo Fernandez are joined by Hisense USA Chief Marketing Officer David VanderWaal, USL Senior Vice President of Business Development Josh Keller and Musco Lightning Soccer. Market Manager Eduardo Tamez Zamaripa attended the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.