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Bolts GameDay: Home Opener

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning


PUCK DROPS: 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Amalie Arena ... Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

TV: SUN Sports

RADIO: AM 970 WFLA (Listen Live)

ONLINE: GameCenter Live (Local Blackouts apply)


Game Day Coverage

Blue Carpet Walk Photo Gallery

Game Preview by Bryan Burns

Mishkins Musings by Dave Mishkin

Homestand Preview by Bryan Burns

Degrees of Separation by Michelle Gingras

Game Day Video

Jon Cooper

Lightning Lineup

A blue carpet walk with players will start at 4 p.m. on Ford Thunder Alley. Popular local band Have Gun, Will Travel will play on the main stage in Ford Thunder Alley while ThunderBug and Lightning Girls meet and greet fans.

There will be plenty of food and beverage on Ford Thunder Alley as well. Leading the charge to reduce food insecurity in the Bay Area, the Give & Grub food truck will be on hand. As Championship Partners, the Lightning and Laser Spine Institute will serve a gourmet menu through Give & Grub with items named after Lightning personnel. They will also donate a meal to a hungry child in the Tampa Bay community for every meal sold from the food truck. The Hott Mess food truck will also be on hand. New for the 2014-15 season, fans will also be able to experience the new Corona Beach Bar on Ford Thunder Alley.

Fans will be able to pick up the newest in Lightning gear at the new Tampa Bay Sports, powered by Reebok, merchandise trailer. There will also be face painting, balloon artists and stilt-walkers for kids.


Limited tickets still remain for tonight's game. Click here to purchase

Updated Concessions

Local chain PDQ, a fast, casual dining restaurant that specializes in fresh hand-battered chicken tenders, will be opening a new concession outside of section 102 at Amalie Arena for the 2014-15 season.

Mr. Empanada, Tacos Trueno, Anthony’s Italian Sandwich, Deli and Stir Fry and a carving station will be new offerings around the arena. Additionally, a new portable concession stand on the 100 Level will feature fresh, hand-rolled sushi for fans


You can pre-pay for parking here with easy access from downtown, the Selmon Expressway and south Tampa.

Subway Student Rush

The Tampa Bay Lightning is proud to offer the Subway Student Rush ticket program for all 2014-15 home games at Amalie Arena.

Students must present a valid student ID and wait in line 30 minutes prior to the start of the game to be eligible. Five minutes before puck drop, eligible students will have an opportunity to get the best available seats (upper or lower level) for just $20 per person.

Click here for more info on Student Rush

50/50 Drawing

The 50/50 Raffle pot is split in half between the winner and the Lightning Foundation. All proceeds from the Lightning Foundation’s half is distributed back to the Tampa Bay community through various community initiatives. 

Buy your tickets from one of our mobile sellers or outside sections 109, 120, 214, 230, 308 and 327

For more 50/50 information, click here


#RaysUp for the captain

Tonight we lead-off the season with Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb as Social Captain presented by TradeWinds Island Resorts. One of Cobb’s special guests will be another Rays stud you may have heard of, pitcher Matt Moore. Follow along as Cobb live-tweets his way around the rink at @ACobb53.


 Pre-game through the end of the second period, stop by the photo booth at Section 112 to take a photo of you and your friends and post directly to your social channels.

Posting on your own Instagram? The first 100 fans to post and tag using #BoltsOpeningNight will have their photos printed on the spot at section 112! 

Second Intermission

At the start of the second intermission, Alex Cobb will be available to meet and greet with fans at Section 112 through the end of the intermission.

Tweet To Win 


As always, get your picks in for a chance to win a limited edition Lightning Strikes winner T-shirt provided by Old Time Hockey. Submit your prediction for who will score the first Tampa Bay goal tonight on Twitter using the hashtag #LightningStrikes. One lucky winner who picks the first goal scorer correctly will win the T-shirt. 


If you’re headed to the game tonight, tweet your seat location with hash-tag #BoltsAnd47Brand for your chance to win a gift certificate for a 47 Brand Lightning cap of choice.

Security Updates

To abide by NHL Arena Security Policies, noise makers will no longer be allowed inside Amalie Arena. Also, flags that are attached to any sticks or poles will no longer be allowed inside Amalie Arena.

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