Taking in a Tampa Bay Rowdies game can be a bit of a surreal experience. Here in the middle of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, sits a former Minor League Baseball stadium that has been transformed into the home of a professional soccer team, where fans tailgate and march through the city center before singing the entire game in support of their favorite team. This is definitely not something you would expect to see in the south, and yet, it stands out as an incredible game day experience.
After weeks of unofficial speculation and rumors, Major League Soccer announced today that Orlando City Stadium will play host to the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.
After forgoing their 2018 USL season, Orlando City B has announced its return to the world of professional soccer. The team, a farm team to Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC, will be a founding member of the new USL Division III league that will launch in 2019.
Rising above the palm trees of St. Petersburg, Florida is a relic of a bygone era. Tropicana Field was built two years before Camden Yards revolutionized stadium construction. Instead of a retractable roof, the dome of the Trop is made of white Teflon – not a great color for a baseball ceiling – and there are multiple layers of catwalks that routinely interfere with the game. Aside from this, and the turf that would look more at home in an antique shop, the sight lines are among the best in Major League Baseball and the Rays do a pretty good job at keeping the concourses colorful, friendly, and clean.
The planned Formula E e-Prix to be held in Zurich this season has been postponed. A conflicting event within the city has caused race organizers to put an end to the planning of this season’s event in Switzerland. The Swiss capital city of Bern now looks set to replace the Zurich event.