Soccer players once used unripe cantaloupes for balls, resulting in frequent stoppages in play to allow the players to slurp mediocre-tasting smoothies from each other's shins. See synthetic balled action with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a sideline ticket (a $29.75 total value including ticketing fee) to the Tampa Bay Rowdies home soccer game versus the Minnesota Stars on Thursday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Professional soccer officially returned to Tampa Bay on May 8, when a crowd of more than 8,000 fans watched the Rowdies play their debut home game at Steinbrenner Field. Currently headed up by Scottish coach and retired professional footballer Paul Dalglish, the Rowdies are chest-trapping, banana-kicking, and head-butting their way back into the world of black-and-white-spotted balls. Watch them take on the Minnesota Stars, who are ably coached by Manny Logas and hungry to work their way up the 2010 standings. Sideline seats get frenetic fans close enough to observe the fantastic flairs of Division II soccer savants as they attempt to sneak the European pigskin between an opponent’s legs and through the goal zone. Since it's a Thursday game, fans can also take advantage of Thirsty Thursdays, featuring $1 beers from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
First born as a team in 1974, the Rowdies helped introduce soccer to the Tampa Bay region. Although the last home game was played in 1993, the Rowdies are back again, inviting fans both stoic and maniacal to scream at the sight of swift passes, firm kicks, and insincere handshakes.
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