With the baseball season winding down (except for the few teams lucky and talented enough to make the playoffs), stadiums across the country will go into a stage somewhat like hibernation for the next six months. Sure, there will be a smattering of football played in some venues — like the Bitcoin Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg or the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York — but for the most part, the fields will go untouched while Major League Baseball players work on their golf handicaps.
Over this past weekend, a concrete state of perfect harmony existed for a few hours at a place called Jackson Springs; well, actually the Northwest Skate Park in Jackson Springs. While the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation celebrated its grand opening back in April, the skate park — the third of its kind in Hillsborough County — officially entered the game on Saturday with the Rock the Rails Contest and Concert series.
So, I typically write a preview on the Tampa Bay Rowdies home matches with the generic need-to-know gibberish. On this day, I choose differently, because attending a Rowdies game is more than just showing up to watch what happens on the field and relating it to standings.
With the Tampa Bay Rays fading fast and the Buccaneers still trying to find some punch to their offense, the Tampa Bay Times Forum will offer a boxing event that will have plenty of action on Friday night. Teaming up with Panda 5 Star Productions, the Forum presents Thunder at the Forum: Round 2 presented by Corona Extra starting at 7:45 p.m.
After a 1-1 road trip that extended over two weeks, the Tampa Bay Rowdies begin a two-game home stand when they host the New York Cosmos in a 7:30 p.m. match on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Al Lang Field. The Rowdies sit alone in third with nine points, one ahead of the Cosmos, six behind first-place San Antonio Scorpions and four behind the Minnesota United FC.
Say what you want about soccer, or as Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima calls it in the Kia commercials, "futbol," the 2014 FIFA World Cup has taken over the pubs, televisions, computer screens, and city squares of the U.S.A. in an unprecedented way.