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St. Pete City Council sets Al Lang Stadium Special Election for May 2

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On Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council voted to approve and set the Al Lang Stadium special election for Tuesday, May 2. This is another positive step in bringing Major League Soccer to St. Petersburg.

The May 2 voting will allow residents of St. Petersburg to vote on giving City Council the authority to negotiate a long-term use agreement for Al Lang Stadium.

The use agreement, which can’t exceed 25 years, would allow Al Lang Stadium’s primary purpose to be the home field for a potential Major League Soccer team.

Rowdies owner Bill Edwards will cover the entire cost of the May 2 election.

In a statement, the Tampa Bay Rowdies expressed appreciation for the Council In approving the May 2 Referendum and allowing the club to continue its aspirations of bringing another major league sports team to the city.

The Rowdies announced their #MLS2StPete campaign in December 2016, only to be named as one of the 12 candidates in the running for an MLS franchise less than two weeks later. The campaign also includes a privately funded renovation and expansion plan to Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg.

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