The following is a transcript of the remarks given by Jeff Leadbeater, the writer at this site, before the Orange County Board of County Commissions this afternoon in support of the soccer-specific stadium for Orlando City S.C. (more…)
In attendance at VSI Tampa Bay FC home opener tomorrow, warming up for Orlando City home opener Sunday
Happy Yuri’s Night!
If you simply can’t wait until Sunday to see live soccer action, then I suggest you come to Plant City on Saturday night for the season opener of VSI Tampa Bay FC against Rochester Rhinos. First kick is 7:30pm.
I will be in attendance. I went Leeroy Jenkins on the tickets the day they opened, and ended up purchasing the very first ticket ever for their USL Pro team. They want to recognize me at halftime for it, but I don’t intend to go alone.
They will be playing at Plant City Stadium, on SR 553 (South Park Road). To get there, take I-4 to exit 22 and turn left onto Park Road (going south). Follow it; it will eventually curve to the right, and the stadium is on the right side of that curve. Tickets are $10 per person.
You can get some recon on both the Rhinos and the Flames.
We’re getting warmed up for the season opener on Sunday night, hoping to bounce back from the 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Blues.
First kick is 6pm. Gates will open at 5pm, and the supporters’ tailgate at Lot 11 (formerly Lot L) will begin at 3pm.
Orlando City has announced pricing for Orlando City U-23 matches. Our PDL matches will have a special season ticket shirt, the T-Pass.
$30 gets admission to all seven home matches at Seminole Soccer Complex. If you are an Orlando City pro club season ticket holder, it only costs $25.
The shirts will be avilable at the concession stands for the Rhinos match on Sunday.
VSI Tampa Bay FC has finally announced where they will be playing soccer in 2013…
Plant City Stadium.
Yes, a baseball stadium. At least it looks nicer than Tinker Field (I think).
The deal is not final. It has to be approved by the City Council of Plant City on April 8. If approved, it will give VSI five days to do the following:
- Sod the infield
- Remove the current softball outfield fence
- Build stands in right-center field (which means it looks to be aligned down the third base line)
The agreement is through the 2013 regular season, with an option for playoffs. It will buy VSI time to build a more permanent solution closer to Tampa for the 2014 season.
Don’t forget that I will be there for their home opener on Saturday, April 13, against Rochester Rhinos. I will be honored by the team as their first ticket buyer. Yeah…
They’ve permanently changed the American football supporting game.
Last year, a new group cropped up with a goal least expected: export an authentic soccer-style supporter experience to American football.
It happened in a place least expected: Jacksonville.
They are the Bold City Brigade. Their beginnings were modest in 2012. But with the support of the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are looking to take the concept to the big time.
The group has turned the north end zone (NEZ) at EverBank Field into a supporter end, and will have the run of sections 122 through 124. The Jaguars are working with the group to move season ticket holders to this area. (The 9-game season ticket package for that area, 7 regular season home games and 2 preseason home games, is $62 per game.)
The group has Facebook and Twitter accounts. Its website is currently under reconstruction. The group incorporated at the beginning of this year, allowing them to take memberships and sell merchandise.
In addition to having the NEZ, the group is working on having its own tailgate spot in the EverBank Field parking lots. They are also planning on an organized road trip to the Dolphins game this season, and want to have a presence at the 2013 NFL Draft.
Blog writer to be honored by VSI Tampa Bay FC as their first ever ticket buyer at their April 13 match
Well, this is interesting.
Earlier this week, VSI Tampa Bay FC opened their ticketing system. It looks like they built their own; the only extra fees they charge appear to be Hillsborough County sales tax.
(Orlando City’s game at VSI, wherever that will be, is Sunday, August 4, at 7pm EDT, BTW. General admission is $12. They do have group rates, so I’m sure the supporters will arrange a road trip.)
So, being the Leeroy Jenkins that I am, I went ahead and bought a ticket to our away match there.
Well, much to my surprise, this past Wednesday I received an e-mail from Kathy Drury, the team’s “Communications and Game-Day Operations Coordinator”. She informed me that I was the very first person to purchase a ticket for one of their USL Pro games, and they wanted to meet me in person.
I responded, saying a weekend meeting would be best due to my work schedule.
Her reply: the team wants to honor me as their first ticket buyer during halftime at their home opener on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30pm against Rochester Rhinos.
She doesn’t even care that I am an Orlando City fan. I suggested the weekend we go down for the away leg of the I-4 Derby, but we remembered they will be on their big opening west-coast road trip at that time. VSI is going to be the away team for Phoenix FC’s home opener.
I said, “Why not?” I can be a good sport. I can add this to my list of achievements in supporting Florida soccer.
Anyone want to take a warm-up road trip to Tampa on Saturday, April 13? Scout our quarry for the next night?
So I was listening to ESPN 580 Orlando (WDBO; the news-talk station is now on 96.5 FM) on my way into work this morning, and the local sports news update mentioned that reconstruction of the Citrus Bowl would begin immediately after the 2013 Capital One Bowl.
I have not found anything new in my research yet on news websites, so I’m not sure if it was a simple misspoken term, or if they have actually pushed reconstruction to begin at the turn of this coming year.
The big question is this: If the renovation has been pushed up, what would this mean to Orlando City?
It’s a good thing the team’s Fan Forum is tomorrow night, 6pm, at Harry Buffalo sports pub at Church Street Station downtown. Between this and the rumblings of stadium activity in Tampa, we certainly have more questions for our team now.
The Ruckus is arranging for a charter bus to show our support for Jamie Watson and Minnesota Stars as they try to repeat as NASL Soccer Bowl Champions.
Jamie has access to a total of 40 tickets. I think the tickets may all be reserved already, but there are still bus seats available.
The bus will be a full charter bus, and costs $20 per seat. If tickets are not available, that will be $16 at the door for general admission.
The game is being held at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg this Saturday night, October 27, at 7:30pm. Exact details for the bus trip will come down shortly at the Facebook event link above. I have instructions for getting there if you decide not to join the bus.
Here are some guidelines:
1) NO ORLANDO CITY COLORS. NO RED, NO PURPLE. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is about Jamie, not about us. I personally would not even recommend bringing your scarves. Those who are getting complementary tickets will also get free Minnesota Stars t-shirts. Otherwise, try to wear dark blue, which is Minnesota’s primary color. Yellow is a common color for both teams, so it would not be effective.
2) NO PARAPHANELIA. Al Lang Field only allows Ralph’s Mob to bring in drums and flags. Unfair, I know, but it’s just the way things are.
3) ABSOLUTELY. NO. SMOKE BOMBS. Having been to Rowdies matches myself, I’ve seen this happen. If anybody sneaks a smoke bomb in and uses it, all of us will be thrown out.
Jamie Watson offers Orlando City fans free tickets to second leg of the NASL Soccer Bowl in St. Petersburg
Orlando City forward and Minnesota Stars loaner Jamie Watson sent out a tweet to his Orlando City fans early this morning:
@OrlandoCitySC @RuckusPR @IronLionFirm fans..Coming to the NASL game in Tampa on say 10/27? Tickets are on me! Let me know if u want in!
Well… This is interesting.
I’m unsure what Jamie’s actual limits to comp tickets are, but this would be a perfect opportunity to bring a mass show of support for our Jamie.
The game he is referring to is the second leg of the two-legged NASL Soccer Bowl championship series between Minnesota Stars and Tampa Bay Rowdies. The first leg is being played this weekend in Blaine, Minnesota (northern suburb of the Twin Cities).
The second leg will be Saturday night, October 27, at 7:30pm EDT. It will be at Al Lang Field in downtown St. Petersburg.
There is on-site parking, as well as a nearby parking garage accessible from 1st Ave. S., right before 1st Ave. SE. The stadium is right on the opposite corner of that garage. The other side of the stadium is Bayshore Drive/Dan Wheldon Way.
DIRECTIONS TO AL LANG FIELD
Continue on I-4 to I-275 southbound. Go across the Howard Frankland Bridge and into St. Pete to Exit 22, I-175. It will end and flow into 5th Ave. S. From there, turn left on 2nd. St. S, then turn right on 1st St. S and move to the left side to get into the garage. Parking is $5.
An alternate route, if you have E-Pass or SunPass, would be to get on I-75 southbound, and get on the Selmon Expressway, SR 618. I say E-Pass or SunPass because it is toll, and they no longer accept cash. Go to its end, and turn right on Gandy Blvd. westbound (US 92). Go across the Gandy Bridge and follow US 92 (this will require a left turn) into St. Pete. Turn left on 1st Ave. S (first street after Central Ave.) and get into the garage from there.
Been a bit light on talking here, what with the week off, and my mind largely on work most of the time.
So today, I was able to see the women’s soccer final at the Olympics in London, with the United States once more taking gold. Their 2-1 win over silver medalists Japan came with a measure of revenge, as one of the premier world sport properties once more asserted dominance in international competition.
As I allow the revelry to digest, news comes that a third top-tier women’s pro soccer league for t he United States is in the works. Forces are aligning to once more attempt to ride the success of the national team to provide a paying platform for their players to perform.
It was earlier this year that a lawsuit by a disgraced owner killed the second attempt, Women’s Professional Soccer. The five remaining teams have remained extant, with three playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, and the other two forming alliances with other lower-tier women’s teams. Most of them are expected to return to the burgeoning league idea, with a total of eight teams expected to be formed.
It is important for the great athletes of women’s soccer to have a place to play. Once has to wonder why previous attempts have failed, when we have such great players here. Did they think too big, too fast? Was it incompetent marketing? Who knows? What is unquestionable is that women who play the most elite levels of soccer deserve a place to play, and fans who appreciate their athletic talent.
I can’t help but wonder, though. Maybe somehow, Orlando could lend some of its magic to the new league. Orlando did host matches for the 1996 Summer Olympics, and is the home of U.S. team legend Michelle Akers. It would be more summer action for the region.
It’s just a hair-brained idea. Don’t mind me.
Orlando City preparing for this week’s double with Harrisburg and Rochester; Stoke City manager Pulis opines on Orlando’s readiness for MLS
Even though they’ve already done what they needed to do, Orlando City still has stuff to play for in the 2012 regular season with three matches to go.
How much have the Lions dominated the field this year? With other teams having 3-5 matches left, Orlando City is still the only team that has qualified for the playoffs. Even Rochester, at second place, has not yet clinched their spot.
The Lions have scored four goals four times this season, and are working on an 11-match unbeaten run. In addition, Dennis Chin stands alone atop the Golden Boot race with ten goals.
This week, Orlando City has matches tomorrow night at Harrisburg, and Friday night at Rochester. Then, we have two weeks off before hosting our season finale on Friday, August 17, against Dayton.
Then, we have another two weeks off before hosting the USL Pro playoff semifinal. I think August 31 has been mentioned as a date.
The team is going to get plenty of well-deserved rest after this one last road trip this week.
Meanwhile, Stoke City manager Tony Pulis had high praise for Orlando City’s fans following their 1-0 loss on Saturday night. Said Pulis, “It was a lot like what Stoke went through when we got to the Premiership. They’ll have full houses here. I think they deserve it. This city is made for top flight football in America.”
Pulis led the Potters to the Premier League in 2008, returning the club to the top flight for the first time since the mid-1980s.