Official release from VSI Tampa Bay
VSI Tampa Bay FC is pleased to announce that it will play its 2013 USL PRO, W-League and PDL franchise soccer matches at Plant City Stadium.
At their recent meeting at City Hall, the City of Plant City Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of VSI Tampa Bay FC leasing Plant City Stadium for all its home USL franchise matches for the 2013 season.
The 6,700-seat stadium, which includes first-class facilities, will be converted to a soccer-specific stadium with additional seating that will further enclose the field to ensure a traditional soccer atmosphere.
VSI Tampa Bay FC will host its inaugural USL PRO home match on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM ET vs. the Rochester Rhinos, with its PDL and W-League seasons set to open on Friday, May 17 vs. the Ocala Stampede and the Carolina Elite Cobras, respectively.
The entire City Commission and Mayor Michael S. Sparkman were excited about the economic impact and raised profile VSI Tampa Bay FC and USL will bring to Plant City, which is one of Florida's fastest growing communities with easy access to interstate highways.
"This is already a tremendous facility and with the adjustments we are immediately undertaking, it will make the stadium a great place to host elite soccer matches," VSI Director of Soccer Clay Roberts said. "We very much look forward to playing our first USL PRO match on Saturday April 13 against the Rochester Rhinos [7:30 PM ET]."