APPEARANCES BY LIGHTNING PLAYERS INCLUDING CHRIS GRATTON, 50-FOOT SNOW SLIDE, SINGLE-GAME TICKET ON-SALE HIGHLIGHT FREE EVENT AT ST. PETE TIMES FORUM
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will welcome fans to the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday, August 25 for IceFest, a free hockey festival designed to celebrate the start of the 2007-08 season.
The special event, presented by the St. Pete Times in conjunction with Circle K, will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is highlighted this year by the unveiling of the Lightning’s new logo and jerseys at noon. Current Lightning players, including Chris Gratton, and alums, including Dave Andreychuk, are scheduled to appear. Lightning executive vice president & general manager Jay Feaster and head coach John Tortorella will participate in a Q & A session for season ticketholders at 11 a.m., followed by a similar session with assistant general manager Claude Loiselle and new assistant coach Mike Sullivan at 1 p.m.
Fans arriving for IceFest will enjoy a 50-foot snow slide on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza, games for the kids (street hockey, rock climbing, etc.), player autographs, massage tents, live music and live remote broadcasts from 11 local radio stations. Hot dogs and sodas will be offered for $1, select Lightning merchandise will be available for 50 percent off and the Lightning Foundation will hold an auction of autographed memorabilia. The Lightning Ice Girls, Energy Team and ThunderBug will also greet fans and offer free face painting.
In addition, August 25 (10 a.m.) is the day that individual tickets for the Lightning’s 41 home regular season games and three home preseason games go on sale at the McDonald’s Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Additionally, 10-game packs are still available starting at $99.
The Lightning will open their 15th training camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon on Thursday, September 13.