The Tampa Bay Lightning will host a unique edition with its fifth Lightning “Unplugged” event on Friday, March 5, 2010 at the St. Pete Times Forum from 5-7 p.m., featuring new owner Jeff Vinik and Lightning forward Steven Stamkos. “Unplugged” is a series of family-friendly and fan-interactive events in the Tampa Bay community, allowing fans the chance to meet Lightning players and ask them questions in an open, casual, barrier-free environment.
“Unplugged” is a staple of the Lightning’s “Together We Will” marketing campaign, bringing Lightning players into different neighborhoods of Tampa Bay each month to family-friendly restaurants and pubs. Previous “Unplugged” events were held at Pete & Shorty’s in Pinellas Park, Cantina Laredo at the Shops at Wiregrass, Barnacles in Brandon and the Tilted Kilt in Carrollwood.
The fifth event will feature a special twist on the traditional format as new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will join emerging second-year superstar Steven Stamkos on the stage inside the lower bowl at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Lightning Girls, Thunderbug and the Lightning Mobile Marketing Truck will also be present to provide fans with the opportunity to score free giveaways and great prizes including signed jerseys, hats and pucks. Fans in attendance are also encouraged to stop by the merchandise area and ticket booth where they can purchase tickets to upcoming Lightning games.
Lightning season ticket holders are encouraged to attend an exclusive open skate on the St. Pete Times Forum ice until 8 p.m., and in addition, will receive a tour of the Lightning locker room and chances to win raffle prizes. Steven Stamkos will make an appearance, and food and beverages will also be provided.