The Long Island Rough Riders' Season Opener scheduled for April 22, 2006 with Pittsburgh has been postponed Due to Severe Weather Forecasts
The Long Island Rough Riders, Long Island's only professional soccer team, announced this afternoon that the team's opening game, scheduled for April 22, 2006 at 7:30 pm, has been postponed due to forecasts calling for severe weather and flooding. The team is concerned for the safety of fans traveling to and from the game, as well as their exposure to the threat of lightning.
"The team regrets that we have to postpone the game" said team co-owner Peter Zaratin. "However, safety of our fans and players is our number-one concern." By showing their opening game ticket, all "Game 1" ticket holders will be granted complementary access to the Rough Riders next home game, April 29th vs. the New Hampshire Phantoms (7:30pm). Zaratin added that "all Game 1 tickets will still be honored at the rescheduled date against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds as well."
With the postponement, the Rough Riders home game on April 29th has now been re-designated as "Adidas Night", when the Rough Riders will be distributing 2,000 free size-5 Adidas soccer balls to the first 2,000 attendees through the gate that night.
For additional team and ticket information, please call the Long Island Rough Riders at (516) 622-3900 or go to the Rough Riders team website at