This article will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
Vinik Sports Group, including the Tampa Bay Lightning, AMALIE Arena and other entities, today announced office and facility closings, community hockey program suspensions and the delaying of season ticket payments.
Effective at 5 p.m. today, Vinik Sports Group offices and facilities, inclusive of AMALIE Arena, the ReliaQuest Ticket Office, Yuengling Center, Tampa Bay Sports retail locations and the Lightning Made Training Center have been closed until at least March 30. All employees and staff will be asked to work from home and practice appropriate social distancing.
This also includes the suspension of Lightning Made community hockey programming through March 30. That includes the following:
- Ball Hockey - Lakewood Ranch
- Equip the Thunder
- Guide the Thunder
- Heroes League
- Learn to Play (LTP)
- Lightning Elite Development Program (EDP)
- Lightning High School Hockey League (LHSHL)
- Rookie League
- Tampa Bay Lightning Girls Hockey
- Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey
- All Lightning Made Training Center programming
In addition, the Lightning announced today that it will delay the first payment on 2020-21 season ticket memberships, originally scheduled for March 16, until April 15, 2020. This will effectively create a pro-rated 11-month payment plan. For those still wanting to make a March payment, Season Ticket Members can log onto www.MyBoltsNation.com at any time. Any payment made would be deducted from the scheduled payment on April 15. Those in the six-month payment plan will see their payments condensed into five months. Fans would still be eligible for "Cheer Now, Pay Later" when the season resumes, should the Bolts earn a position in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Season Ticket Members with questions are encouraged to reach out to their respective membership representatives via email.
See below for statements from the Lightning and the NHL regarding the 2019-2020 season being put on pause.