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Letter to Lightning Fans

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

October 14, 2011

Dear Lightning Fans,

After months of hard work, we are excited to welcome you to the transformed St. Pete Times Forum for the home opener on Monday, October 17 to "Be the Thunder" behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. The game faces off against the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m., and in addition to suggesting you plan on being in your seats by 7:15 p.m. to enjoy the pre-game presentation, there are a few other important bits of information we thought you should know.

Traffic: Due to the closing of the Platt Street Bridge, we suggest you carefully select your route to the St. Pete Times Forum. For more information and recommendations for parking, click here.

McDonald's Ticket Office: The ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. on Monday through to the start of the game. The ticket office is located in two temporary facilities on the west side of the west plaza in front of the parking garage. Tickets can be purchased at this location and will call envelopes may be picked up as well.

MetroPCS Client Services Lounge: For season ticket members, the lounge will be open next the Rolling Thunder marketing vehicle on the west side of the west plaza near the parking garage.

Door Times: Because of the reconstruction of the west plaza entry to the St. Pete Times Forum, fans are encouraged to arrive early. Doors to the arena will open at 5:30 p.m.

Building Transformation: Once you arrive at the Times Forum, we are convinced you will not believe what you are going to experience this season. All elements of the building transformation should be complete for Monday's game with the exception of the west plaza entrance and the club level restaurant (which will both debut later this fall). Please take your time and get to know and enjoy your new arena.

Troubleshooting: Season ticket members, if you're experiencing any difficulties with your micro-chipped jersey, please proceed to the Guest Services desk at section 101 and we'll be happy to assist you.

Seating Notes: Please note that a select few seats in the Promenade (lower) Level of the St. Pete Times Forum have not yet been replaced. Additionally, a few others will not have cup holders installed. Rest assured, we are working diligently to finish those areas.

Extra Tickets: Lastly, a few tickets still remain for the game. If you have some friends interesting in attending the game, direct them to to purchase their tickets now.

We hope you enjoy Monday's game and thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact us at 813.301.6800.

Go Bolts!!!


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