Tampa Bay Rowdies now officially the property of the Rays

Published October 24 2018
Updated October 24 2018

ST. PETERSBURG ó The sale of the Tampa Bay Rowdies to the Tampa Bay Rays is now official, the new owners said Wednesday, the last day of the 2018 United Soccer League season.

The Rays announced earlier this month they had struck a deal with Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to buy the team for a still undisclosed price.

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Now that the contract is official, the Rowdies say they will move forward with making changes to the roster, front office and fan experience.

The team also said that starting Nov. 3, Al Lang Stadium will be opened to the community during the first Saturday Morning Market of each month.

The Rowdies also plan to host family-friendly activities in the stadium, stream live soccer games from across the world on the stadiumís video scoreboard and concourse televisions.

"The expansion of the Saturday Morning Market into Al Lang will be an added benefit to an already energized downtown St. Petersburg," Rays president Brian Auld said in a prepared statement. "It allows fans and citizens access to family-friendly activities during the most beautiful time of the year."

Roster changes will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Season ticket holders will be contacted about the benefits of renewing their tickets early for the 2019 Rowdies season. Fans who place a $100 deposit toward a season ticket will receive $25 in Rowdies Dollars to be used in the Rowdies Team Store at Sundial St. Pete during the month of December.

Contact Caitlin Johnston at cjohnston@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8779. Follow @cljohnst.