The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed a four-year deal to remain the primary tenant at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, according to a news release issued by the team. The team played at Al Lang during the 2011 and '12 NASL seasons.
"The Rowdies are an important part of the Tampa Bay community and are proud to be an integral part of St. Pete's growing downtown landscape," Rowdies owner and president Andrew Nestor said in the release. "St. Pete has embraced the club and we will continue to build on the amazing stadium atmosphere at Al Lang."
The team also announced improvements to the stadium, including a new field configuration and club fan area. Field-side seats will be next to the player benches, and sidelines will be closer to the first row of seats, creating better sight lines.
"St. Petersburg is excited to provide a home for the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium for years to come," said St. Petersburg's Mayor Bill Foster. "The city and the team are already working on improvements to make Al Lang a great stadium for both the players and the fans. And, with the support of the city and the St. Petersburg Sports Alliance, we are committed to join with the Rowdies to ensure the team's success in St. Petersburg, both on and off the field."