TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will kick off the 2014-15 NHL season on Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on division and intra-state rival, the Florida Panthers, at Amalie Arena. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to take part in a multitude of activities on Ford Thunder Alley.
The Lightning players will kick off the season meeting the fans on the blue carpet, as they enter Amalie Arena on Ford Thunder Alley beginning at approximately 4 p.m. Also on Ford Thunder Alley, popular local band, Have Gun, Will Travel, will grace the main stage while the Lightning Girls and ThunderBug will meet and greet fans. The Sun Sports pre-game show will air live on Ford Thunder Alley from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
There will be plenty of food and beverage on Ford Thunder Alley as well. Leading the charge to reduce food insecurity in the Bay Area, the Give & Grub food truck will be on hand. As Championship Partners, the Lightning and Laser Spine Institute will serve a gourmet menu through Give & Grub with items named after Lightning personnel. They will also donate a meal to a hungry child in the Tampa Bay community for every meal sold from the food truck. The Hott Mess food truck will also be on hand. New for the 2014-15 season, fans will also be able to experience the new Corona Beach Bar on Ford Thunder Alley.
Fans will be able to pick up the newest in Lightning gear at the new Tampa Bay Sports, powered by Reebok, merchandise trailer. There will also be face painting, balloon artists and stilt-walkers for kids.
DJ Coz will be on the Bud Light Party Deck prior to the game.