TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with Champions Sports Tours, a leader in the travel industry that focuses on packages for sports enthusiasts. With the new partnership, Champions Sports Tours has been designated the "Official Travel Agency" of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"We are excited to be partnering with the Lightning, one of the premier organizations in the National Hockey League, along with the St. Pete Times Forum, which is one of the top venues in North America," said Kenny Schonburg, vice president of Champions Sports Tours. "This is our first partnership within the NHL and I cannot think of a better club to start with than the Tampa Bay Lightning."
As part of the sponsorship, Champion Sports Tours will become the exclusive travel agency for all Lightning business travel, with the exception of team charters. Champion Sports Tours will also take over the naming rights of the Executive Club, located on the Chrysler Suite Level of the St. Pete Times Forum (formerly the Canon Business Solutions Center).
Champion Sports Tours will create and manage "Lightning Fan Trips" for road games throughout the 2008-09 season. They will also be arranging trips to Tampa for fans from visiting NHL teams, as well as trips for fans of other events, such as concerts and collegiate events.
"Champion Sports Tours is the premier sports travel agency in the country and a natural fit as a partner with our organization," Lightning co-owner Oren Koules said. "Most of all, we’re excited about the opportunity Champions Sports Tours will provide for our fans to attend Lightning games on the road as part of a first-class experience."
In addition to team travel and exclusive event packages, Champion Sports Tours customizes and promotes fan travel programs for professional and collegiate organizations. Champions Sports Tours has successfully managed fan trips for more than 25,000 sports fans. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets to the Champion Sports Tours Club can contact Champion Sports Tours directly at 866.995.7444. For more information, log on to www.championsportstours.com