In much of the world, soccer is known as football and the American president is referred to as The Ameriking. Embrace cultural differences without using your hands with this GrouponLive deal to see a Fort Lauderdale Strikers match at Lockhart Stadium.
Choose from Three Options
$21 for two tickets for general-admission seating (a $30 value) and two drinks (up to a $12 value; up to a $42 total value)
For this option, choose between the following matches:
- The season opener against FC Edmonton on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.
- Against Minnesota Stars FC on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.
$26 for two tickets for reserved sideline seating (a $40 value) and two drinks (up to a $12 value; up to a $52 total value) to the match against Minnesota Stars FC on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open 30 minutes before gametime. The parking lot, home to Lockhart Stadium's ample tailgating scene, opens two and half hours before gametime.
The Scouting Report
In 2011, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers made their triumphant return to the South Florida soccer scene, promptly earning a spot in the North American Soccer League championship series. The club backed up its inaugural campaign with another playoff appearance last season, when it finished tied for third in goals scored. Much of the success in 2012 happened at Lockhart Stadium, where the Strikers took advantage of noisy home crowds and hidden alligator pits to net eight home victories—tied for most in the NASL. With this season, the Strikers will depend on similar success at home early on, especially against the in-state rivals and defending NASL champions the Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 27.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
The original Strikers were born in 1977, when the Miami Toros moved to Broward County. Donning their popular red-and-gold hooped uniforms, the team experienced instant success—so much so that Lockhart Stadium underwent two seating expansions to accommodate the club's rapidly growing fan base. During those years, a playoff game between the Strikers and New York Cosmos drew a crowd of 77,691, which still stands as the record for a U.S. Pro League soccer match and most people squished into a single soccer net.
Even with all their success, the Strikers relocated to Minnesota after the 1983 season. The team returned five years later, and for more than two decades, competed as part of several leagues. Finally, after a failed attempted to bring Major League Soccer to Miami, the Miami FC of the United Soccer League decided to officially adopt the Strikers moniker and move to the North American Soccer League for the 2011 season. The Strikers didn't waste any time announcing their rebirth, as they made the league's championship series that same season.