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Tampa Bay Rowdies MLS chances improve as St. Louis rejects soccer stadium plan

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Chances St. Petersburg will get a Major League Soccer expansion franchise improved Tuesday after voters in St. Louis rejected a proposal to use public money for a new soccer stadium. For a city that just lost the NFL Rams, St. Louis residents could just not justify spending $60 million for a new stadium. The stadium plan lost by 3,000 votes, 47 to 53 percent. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was “’confident’ St. Louis…

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Even Tea Party activist David McKalip supports Rowdies stadium referendum

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There has been little public opposition to the May 2nd referendum in St. Petersburg that would allow the Tampa Bay Rowdies to negotiate a 25-year lease with the city to expand Al Lang Stadium. If approved by voters, Rowdies owner Bill Edwards would have the go-ahead to expand seating capacity to 18,000, making it eligible to join Major League Soccer, a higher division of professional soccer. The expansion would cost approximately $80 million, but none of it would come from taxpayers. “The…

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Poll shows Rowdies soccer stadium referendum cruising to victory

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During a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, Rick Baker said there were no plans for direct mail or other campaign spending to win a May 2 referendum to negotiate a 25-year lease with the city to expand Al Lang Stadium. That’s because Baker, the former St. Petersburg mayor and president of the Edwards Group who is quarterbacking the pitch for Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards, is confident St. Pete residents will support the stadium expansion as part of an…

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Rick Kriseman raises $51K in March, sounds ready for a challenge from Rick Baker

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman raised more than $51,000 for his re-election effort, his campaign announced Sunday night. With that haul, Kriseman has now raised more than $292,000 for his bid for a second term. And, perhaps just as important, it sounds like he’s preparing to use those funds to fend off a challenge from former Mayor Rick Baker. Although Baker hasn’t officially announced that he will run again for the job that he held from 2001-2010, Kriseman is already painting him as out of…

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Rowdies, Al Lang referendum an easy sale for Rick Baker

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This week, St. Petersburg residents start receiving ballots for the May 2 referendum asking to give the Tampa Bay Rowdies a 25-year lease for Al Lang Field. St. Pete Entrepreneur Bill Edwards is advocating — and paying for — the measure. However, considering the questions fielded in public forums by Edwards’ spokesperson Rick Baker, the referendum will be something of an easy sale. Baker, the former (and possibly future) mayor, is making his pitch to neighborhood and community groups throughout the city.…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies welcome 2017 Season with 1,000 fans at Mahaffey Theater

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies kicked off their 2017 Season Thursday night. Rowdies officials and players were joined by over 1,000 fans at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg to welcome in the regular season. Highlights of the night included a question and answer session with Rowdies Chairman and CEO Bill Edwards, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and Rowdies COO Lee Cohen, moderated by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Alexis Muellner. In the Q&A, Edwards and Baker emphasized the…

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Rowdies, Orlando City rivalry ‘adds value’ to St. Pete MLS bid, says commissioner

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Rivalry is good for soccer, and that’s good for the chances of the Tampa Bay Rowdies securing a Major League Soccer franchise. In January, Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards delivered the team’s expansion application to MLS headquarters, after being named one of the 11 candidates in the running for an expansion team. Tampa Bay currently is the largest media market in the U.S. without an MLS franchise. Sports Illustrated recently hinted that Orlando City SC’s proximity also could prove a negative,…

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