TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will wear Tampa Bay Rays themed jerseys during their pre-game warm-up tonight prior to taking on the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. at AMALIE Arena. The Bolts will wear the jerseys as part of their 25th anniversary, honoring the three seasons they played at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, the current home of the Rays.
The light-blue warmup jerseys will feature the Rays logo on the front, to go along with a ThunderDome patch honoring the Lightning's three seasons playing in St. Petersburg. The Lightning's 25th anniversary logo and the Rays 20th anniversary logo will also be donned on each shoulder of the jersey. Lightning players names and numbers will be on the back of each jersey. Each player's signed warm-up jersey will be auctioned off online at www.TampaBayLightning.com/gameworns. The auction begins tonight and will end on Friday, April 6 at 11 p.m. The proceeds of the auction will benefit the Lightning Foundation and the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House.
The Rays will host a Lightning-themed night at Tropicana Field during their second home game of the 2018 season on Friday, March when they host the Boston Red Sox. Phil Esposito is scheduled to throw out the opening pitch and ThunderBug and other Lightning alumni will be in attendance.
The Lightning played three seasons in St. Petersburg at the ThunderDome from 1993-96. The Lightning's playoff game in 1996 against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 brought in 28,183 fans, which remains an NHL record for highest attendance for a playoff game.