A soccer fan from Miami (of all places) has come up with this design for a potential new logo for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the new USL-1 club that will begin play in 2010 with the same name and colors as the legendary NASL team of the 1970s and 1980s.
I quite like it. I don’t know if what the owners are coming up with will be any better or what, but they could do a lot worse. The peaks are the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (officially the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge), a local landmark that (unfortunately) only barely touches Hillsborough County waters and doesn’t connect Tampa to anything. Still, it’s recognizable and makes a good design element. The sun is there, too, and the font is a more modern one than the circus-like traditional font (but it’s still unique and fun).
I’m on record as saying that “1975” doesn’t really belong in the new club’s logo or anything – the king is dead, long live the king and all that – but that’s a quibble.
I’ll be interested to see what the actual logo/badge looks like. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.