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Tampa Bay Rowdies Kick off 2013 NASL Season on Saturday

April 5, 2013 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Tampa Bay Rowdies News Release

The reigning NASL Soccer Bowl Champions will start the 2013 NASL Spring Season by hosting the Carolina RailHawks in its 2013 home opener on Saturday, April 6 at Al Lang Stadium. For information on 2013 season tickets or individual tickets contact the front office at 813-287-1539 or tickets@rowdiessoccer.com. Box office will open three hours prior to kickoff.

The Rowdies will celebrate last year's championship season prior to the match with the Championship Banner Ceremony. The pregame festivities will begin at 7:20 p.m.

Rowdies 2013 Promotional Nights

The Tampa Bay Rowdies will feature eight promotional nights for fans during the 2013 season. The Rowdies will feature $1 hotdog nights, $1 beer nights and Family Four Pack games presented by the Tampa Bay Times.

Rowdies fans will enjoy the $1 Hot Dog Nights at Al Lang Stadium on April 20 against the Atlanta Silverbacks and August 24 versus the FC Edmonton. The reigning NASL Champions will host two $1 Beer Nights presented by Budweiser during the 2013 season. The highly anticipated Fourth of July matchup against the Strikers will be the first night, and this promotion will return on September 7, when the Rowdies face the Carolina RailHawks.

The Family Four pack presented by the Tampa Bay Times will run four times during the season. The Family Four Pack includes four (4) Tickets and four (4) meal vouchers for half-off a hotdog and half-off a soft drink. In addition, the first 1000 fans will receive a Rowdies spirit card presented by the Tampa Bay Times. This promotion will only be available for the following matches:

May 4 vs. FC Edmonton presented by the Tampa Bay Times

June 15 vs. San Antonio Scorpions presented by tbt*

September 21 vs. Atlanta Silverbacks presented by the Tampa Bay Times

October 19 vs. San Antonio Scorpions presented by tbt*

Prices for the Family Four Packs vary based on the seating location. For more information, call the Rowdies front office at 813-287-1539.

Rowdies Online Broadcast Enhanced for 2013 Season

This year's broadcast team will feature a new voice, as Jim Henderson will be the play-by-play announcer. Along his side will be color analyst Winston Dubose, who returns for hissecond season on the broadcast.

Henderson is no stranger to the Rowdies organization, having covered the team for the Tampa Tribune in the late 70's and 80's. He has been with the organization since the return to professional soccer in 2010 as the Public Address Announcer. DuBose has a rich history with the Rowdies both on and off the field, as he was a goalkeeper for the club from 1977 to 1982. Recently he has been the color analysis for the broadcast since the start of the 2012 season.

"I am honored to be called the voice of the Rowdies," commented Henderson. "My association with the franchise goes back to the beginning as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune. I have had many great Rowdies memories down through the years, including last year's championship, and I look forward to many more."

The broadcast will now feature a three camera shoot, providing more angles of the game action. The cameras have also been upgraded from 2012 to 2013, now shooting 16x9 instead of the 4x3 format that was featured last year. This will allow viewers to see more of the action on pitch and enjoy a better image quality. The Rowdies broadcast will now boast in-game replays this year, enhancing the quality of the broadcast on Ustream.

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