ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg businessman and civic activist Bill Edwards announced Thursday he has purchased the controlling interest in the Tampa Bay Rowdies, a professional soccer team based downtown at Al Lang Field.
“We intend to continue to build this team in St. Petersburg and preach to the visibility of it and keep it winning,’’ Edwards said. “We won in 2012, there’s no reason why we can’t win again this year.” The Edwards Group also owns Big 3 Entertainment and the Mortgage Investors Corporation.
Former Mayor Rick Baker introduced Edwards to the crowd gathered at the Mahaffey Theater, which included Mayor Bill Foster, St. Petersburg city councilors and Rowdies players and fans.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Edwards said it was a three-month process to become the majority stakeholder in the team. Click here to read the entire story at TBO.com.