Not even a violent thunderstorm and an hour game delay could stop the Strikers fans from witnessing their team pick up a crucial first win of the season. 4,323 fans showed up to Lockhart despite the weather, and the majority of them stuck around huddled together wherever they could find shelter when the referee brought the game to a halt.
“Our primary goal is to give fans a great experience every time they visit Lockhart Stadium and on Saturday, they gave us a great experience,” said Strikers Team President Tom Mulroy. “We’re very thankful to all the fans who came to the game, as well as those who stuck with us through the lightning delay for a great home win.”
Fort Lauderdale fans have endured long weather delays before. In May 2011 after nearly three hours of waiting for storms to clear and several false starts a match between the Strikers and Tampa Bay was postponed. On that night hundreds of Strikers fans waited through the delay as did a busload of Rowdies supporters.
Later during the 2011 season the Strikers and Rowdies endured another long delay on July 4th due to lightning. That night, Tampa Bay was hosting and very few of the crowd which numbered over 4,000 left the stadium despite the inclement weather and lengthy delay.
The Strikers are currently averaging 4,696 fans a game after three home games—a franchise high at this stage of the season. Their supporters groups, Flight 19 and The Ultras, have already earned Fans of the Week this season, following a 10-hour road trip to watch the Strikers play in Atlanta.
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|Tampa Bay Rowdies||14||5||5||4||3||20|
|Minnesota United FC||14||6||2||6||2||20|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||14||5||3||6||-2||18|
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|San Antonio Scorpions||12||6||2||4||4||20|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||12||5||3||4||5||18|
|Minnesota United FC||12||4||2||6||-5||14|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||12||2||2||8||-14||8|