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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The 15th Anniversary Season of Tampa Bay Lightning hockey starts Thursday as the Bolts play host to the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum, in a game presented by Sweetbay Supermarket. All fans will receive Lightning pom-poms courtesy of Sweetbay as they enter, and the first 10,000 through the doors will receive Lightning schedule magnets courtesy of Snapple.

Fans arriving at the St. Pete Times Forum can expect huge changes once they step inside:

You won’t believe it until you see it! The all new $7 million “Lightning Vision” center-hung video system, 360-degree LED boards, and the all new Hustle board on the AFS Terrace Level end zones will enhance your experience from any seat in the building. Don’t miss out on opening night vs. the New Jersey Devils - as “Lightning Vision” helps deliver the game to you in a way not experienced in any other arena in the world.

The St. Pete Times Forum has expanded its vast choices of food & beverage again this season!
  • Westshore Pizza is now available throughout the building including Shots from door opening through post game
  • Five Guys has joined the St. Pete Times Forum this year offering fans their amazing hamburgers
  • Bacardi will unveil the all new Bacardi Bat Bar on the Plaza Level featuring specialty Lightning-themed cocktails
  • High Stickin’ Chicken features an array of wings, chicken tenders, chicken Caesar salads and garlic fries
  • Cinco de Bolt features a Tex-Mex menu including nachos supreme, fajita wraps and taco salads
  • Sweet Tooth features flavored popcorns and a theater-style candy menu
  • Twenty-five additional points of sale have been added to the renovated concession areas, featuring an all-new look and menu boards. Other new menu items featured throughout the building include 3 Scoops Italian Ice and ice cream from the Old Meeting House
All New Lightning Logo and Jerseys! The new-look Lightning logo represents a modernization of the team’s previous identity mark and combines it with the new RBK Edge uniforms this season to give the Lightning players a hot new look when they step on the ice. Make sure to check out Hockey Bay Authentics inside the St. Pete Times Forum to purchase your new logo jerseys, t-shirts, hats and accessories.

Allow us to introduce the all new Super Suite! Located in section 203 with one of the best views in the St. Pete Times Forum, you too can entertain a group of 50 in an all-inclusive atmosphere. Your all-inclusive ticket will get you five-star food, beer, wine & soda. Call 813.301.6600 today for more information!

Going All-Inclusive! That’s right; the XO VIP Club now includes an all-inclusive themed buffet with unlimited beverages to accompany its already vast benefits. The XO VIP Club experience is included with all Row A & B VIP seats and is available as an add-on package. Call 813.301.6600 for details.

Where’s the Party? At section 218 on the east side of the Jeep Club level, that’s where. The new group party area offers the opportunity to bring together your group of up to 100 people in a private environment with your choice of catering plans and beverage options.

As the Lightning open their 2007-08 campaign, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis will look to repeat their league-leading and franchise-record breaking performances of 2006-07. Lecavalier and St. Louis came together as one of the most dynamic duos in the National Hockey League last season, posting a combined 95 goals and 210 points. As one of only two pairs of teammates to reach the 40-goal plateau, Lecavalier and St. Louis were the only duo to post more than 100 points apiece. The pair finished third and fifth, respectively, in the NHL scoring race. Scoring 52 goals last season, Lecavalier earned the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scorer. Lecavalier set new personal and franchise highs with the mark, as well as setting a new franchise record with 108 points in a single season.

Following a busy off-season, newcomers Jan Hlavac and Michel Ouellet add depth and excitement to the roster alongside returning skaters Chris Gratton and Brad Lukowich. Gratton returns to Tampa Bay for his third stint with the Lightning, while Lukowich returns for his second tour of duty after splitting time with the New York Islanders and the Devils. Ouellet adds talent and familiarity to the lineup as he looks to click with former junior hockey line-mate Brad Richards.

The Lightning are set to face off against the Devils after taking the 2006-07 season series, 3-1. Tampa Bay will aim to frustrate All-Star netminder Martin Brodeur as they kick off a three-game home stand. In their past 12 meetings, Tampa Bay is 9-3 against the Devils.

Don’t forget, starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the McDonald’s Box Office, 200 $8 seats will go on sale. To celebrate the start of the team’s 15th Anniversary Season, the Lightning and 98Rock will also offer 200 $15 seats for sale Thursday morning. The first 200 fans who mention 98Rock at the window through the day get a ticket for only $15!
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