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Bolts GameDay: Lightning vs. Sharks

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning will debut their new, black third jersey on Thursday night when the team hosts the San Jose Sharks at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. Fans attending Thursday night’s game between the Lightning and Sharks will receive a free ‘Back in Black’ t-shirt compliments of Chase.

The Lightning unveiled their new third jersey system on September 27 during Fan Fest at Amalie Arena. The third jersey is black and features the popular BOLTS logo from previous seasons across the front with white trim and has blue and gray as secondary colors. The club will also wear a black version of their signature lightning bolt pants and black gloves as part of their new third jersey system.

“We’re very excited to show off our new third jersey in our game on Thursday, and we invite our fans to go ‘Back in Black’ with us beginning this week,” Lightning president Steve Griggs said. “The Lightning are proud that our fans have embraced our primary blue and white jerseys, but understanding how popular our traditional black color scheme was to our fan base, we felt that it was important to bring it back.”


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

TV: SUN Sports

RADIO: AM 970 WFLA (Listen Live)

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Lightning Lineup

Food Drive

The Tampa Bay Lightning is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries twice this month to host non-perishable food drives at Amalie Arena on Ford Thunder Alley prior to their home games on November 13 vs. San Jose and November 22 vs. Minnesota. This collection will make a big impact for families in need and offer fans the experience of shared joy through giving.

Along with Metropolitan Ministries staff and volunteers, families of Lightning players will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items on Ford Thunder Alley starting at 6 p.m. prior to Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks and at 5:30 p.m. prior to next Saturday’s match against the Minnesota Wild. For every 10 food items donated, the donor will receive a ticket voucher, with a max up to 4 per person, redeemable for either of the Lightning home match-ups on December 4, 9 and the 11.


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

Cell Phones for Soldiers

The Lightning’s annual ‘Cell Phones For Soldiers’ drive encourages fans to donate their old cell phones anytime during the month of November at the McDonald’s ® Ticket Office at Amalie Arena. Individuals that donate their unwanted mobile phone will receive a ticket voucher for the Lightning’s game on December 11 when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones for Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of gently-used cell phones to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.

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

Lightning Foundation Auctions

This season the Lightning Foundation will be bringing you a new and easy way to bid on your favorite silent auction items from your mobile device! Fans will be able to see the items in the auction that night, place real time bids, receive alerts if outbid, and be notified when they have won an item.

The auctions will feature the team’s game used gear, Lightning and hockey memorabilia, and autographed items from our players. All proceeds benefit the Lightning Foundation and its charitable partners.

By texting “BOLTS” to 52182 or visiting you will be able to view and bid on the items in the auction from anywhere in Amalie Arena.


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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