Lightning Broadcasters to Call Game with the Fans from the Fifth Third Bank Club Sunday Versus Ottawa
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – Usually tucked away with just their microphones, monitors and a camera in the Sun Sports TV booth, Rick Peckham and Bobby “The Chief” Taylor are breaking free this weekend and will call this Sunday’s Tampa Bay Lightning versus Ottawa Senators game, live beginning at 6 p.m., from inside the Fifth Third Bank Club inside the St. Pete Times Forum.
Sunday is one of the team’s fan appreciation nights, so the Lightning and Sun Sports decided to try something a little different. For the first time, the TV booth will move from its usual location high above the ice to inside one of the clubs in the Times Forum. Fans in the suite will have a rare opportunity to watch Rick & Chief and the Sun Sports’ production team in action, interact with them and get a very unique perspective on the game action below. And, as an added special treat, two lucky fans will be given the chance to “telestrate” with Chief during the intermissions.
In another new and first-time twist, former Lightning LW Chris Dingman, who has been offering expert analysis on select games for Sun Sports all season, will be positioned at ice level between the benches. The glass will be removed from between him and the Lightning bench, giving viewers a virtual seat on the bench and a rare opportunity to hear Lightning Head Coach Rick Tocchet interact with his players.
“Everyone knows Rick and Chief are entertaining on the air,” said Ned Tate, Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida executive producer. “Now a group of lucky fans will get an up-close look at how much fun they really have, have an opportunity to meet them and see first-hand why they are considered one of the best TV tandems in the NHL. Plus, with Chris’ position next to the bench and the glass removed, viewers at home will get to see, hear and experience everything from the bench first-hand. It will be a very interesting telecast.”