TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Fan Appreciation Days during their final four home games of the 2007-08 season. The games will feature numerous enhanced fan experiences, player accessibility, giveaways, promotions and food and beverage specials.
The Lightning have remaining home games on Tuesday, March 25 against the Florida Panthers in the final game of the Florida Blue Cup, Thursday, March 27 against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Captials, Saturday, March 29 against the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes and Monday, March 31 against the Atlanta Thrashers.
“We always try to give our fans the best experience possible,” St. Pete Times Forum and Lightning president Ron Campbell said. “We want to encourage our loyal followers to come and get acquainted with our new faces and we want to attract new fans to give them the opportunity to see one of the best environments in hockey while meeting some of the best people in professional sports, including our players and those who help us bring the game to them at the arena and in their homes.”
All Lightning players will walk the red carpet on the Chrysler-Jeep Plaza from the circle drive in front of the St. Pete Times Forum to Shots at Channelside on the way to the locker room before each of the final four games. Players will begin to arrive around 4:30 p.m. Team posters will be given away at each game for fans to have autographed.
Fans will have the chance to enter to win exclusive Lightning experiences during all remaining games, including the chance to sit in the radio booth with Dave Mishkin and Phil Esposito, visit the press box and talk with one of the players not in the lineup for the game, participate in St. Pete Times Forum game operations and be the one to hit the goal horn button, win a trip to Luke’s Sports Grill in Dallas to have dinner with Brad Lukowich, be ice level in the penalty box during pre-game warm-ups and get up close and personal with in-arena announcer Paul Porter from ice level for a period. In addition, all fans in attendance during the final four games may register to win a SeaDoo that will be given away at center ice on March 31.
Players who are not in the lineup each game will sign autographs on the terrace, Jeep Club and plaza levels during intermissions at all four games. At each game fans will have the chance to ride the Zamboni, dance with the Lightning Girls, sign a giant Lightning jersey that will be displayed in the St. Pete Times Forum and receive various food and drink specials including $1 hot dogs at all games. Fans can also take to the stage in Shots and play Guitar Hero with Lukowich.
Former and current Lightning captains Dave Andreychuk and Tim Taylor will participate in a question and answer session from 6:45 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. on the plaza stage before games on March 29 and 31. After the final game fans will have the opportunity to cut a piece of the game nets when they are brought up to Shots after the game.
Special giveaways for the final four games include free Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Lightning car flags and thunder sticks, team posters, Lightning t-shirts, as well as McDonald’s and Bright House Networks player cards.
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