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Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg

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Al Lang Stadium is a 7500 seat sports facility stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida that is the current home pitch of the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League (NASL). It was built in 1947 and was used almost exclusively as a baseball park for over 60 years. Al Lang Stadium was reconstructed in 1976, and was renovated again in 1998 when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays began using it as their first spring training venue. The Devil Rays / Rays were the last of a long series of Major League Baseball clubs to conduct spring training and host an affiliated minor league team at Al Lang Stadium. Before the Rays, tenants included the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, and the Baltimore Orioles, amongst others. The stadium hosted its last spring training game in 2008 and was the site of occasional amateur and exhibition baseball for the next several years.Since the Tampa Bay Rowdies became the primary tenant in 2011, Al Lang Stadium has been incrementally modified for use as a soccer venue. Since October 2014, an agreement between the club and the city of St. Petersburg has made the stadium a soccer-only facility.The stadium is named in honor of Al Lang, a former mayor of St. Petersburg who was instrumental in bringing minor league and spring training baseball to the city in the early 20th century.
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  • Fun time at the Rowdies game. The stadium is an open style and easy to access. Parking is available within several blocks of the stadium. We ate downtown before the game, walked to the stadium and eve...  more »
  • What a fun evening! The crowd was entertaining, the view was spectacular, the team was enthusiastic. A fabulous small stadium where every seat seems fine~  more »
  • We've been going to Al Lang Field for years. It's small compared to today's stadium but you can easily see everything from all the seats. It's outside and you have a nice view of the water too! St Pet...  more »
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  • This stadium is always improving. Security has been beefed up before and during games. Bomb sniffing dogs sweep the building before each event. The food menu has only grown twice the size it was last season. More importantly, I've seen an increase in diehard rowdies fans. The stadium can only get better from here and it most likely will. Glad to be a part of what's happening there.
  • Cool looking stadium in need of an upgrade to the entrances, exits, and parking lots. People were tailgating in the parking lot while being drunk and letting their kids dart all over. There's a lack of planning and safety measures here. Otherwise, it's a fun place to watch a game with a gorgeous view!
  • The games here are a blast. The venue is relatively small and is a little strange because of the baseball stadium layout. There are some bad seats. The crowd is always great. I have had awesome experiences here.
  • Current renovations are very nice. Seats are fairly comfortable in the reserved areas. Needs people checking tickets for Rowdies events because a lot of people don't know where to sit according to their ticket. I wish there was air conditioning in the bathrooms. Concession food is pretty good and not as expensive as other sporting events. Needs more on-site parking before renovations for MLS.
  • Sure, you have to choose your seat wisely, and yes, they're still semi-pro for now, so the Rowdies can only afford so much stadium staff. Nevertheless, Al Lang is a surprisingly decent soccer venue, despite the baseball configuration; and the Rowdies have always drawn great fans and had good atmosphere. If they can expand and reconfigure it for MLS, 20,000 fans a match would easily fill it.

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