The Tampa Bay Lightning concluded their third successful installment of the McDonald’s “Ice Hot” Radio Series in front of a record crowd of approximately 300 people on Tuesday in Tampa.
The event is a great way for the fans to come out with their families, in a relaxed atmosphere and in a casual environment, to meet the players, to get to know them better, while also having fun." - Matt Sammon
Lightning fans from all across the Bay Area began to arrive at 3 p.m. outside the doors at the McDonald’s located at 4333 West Kennedy Boulevard in an effort to score front-row seats to see Bolts teammates Ryan Malone and Mike Smith up close and personal.
Many fans enjoyed the comfortable couches and free food samples provided by the restaurant, as well as the jovial atmosphere filled with laughter, as the players answered fans’ questions about everything from the team’s most notorious jokester to who reigns supreme in the Lightning locker room official ping pong standings.
The voice of Lightning radio, Dave Mishkin, hosted the event as it was broadcasted live over the air waves on 620 WDAE.
“We had a great turnout. There were so many people that those who didn’t get a seat inside were standing outside the restaurant and looking in through the glass. It was kind of like the Today show,” Lighting Manager of Radio Programming Matt Sammon said. “The event is a great way for the fans to come out with their families, in a relaxed atmosphere and in a casual environment, to meet the players and get to know them better, while also having fun.”
Malone and Smith participated in the question and answer banter from 7-8 p.m. before treating fans to a free autograph session in which Bolts supporters scored autographed pucks, sticks, hats, jerseys and other Lightning memorabilia.
Thunderbug, the Lightning Girls and the Lightning Mobile Marketing Truck also offered fans the chance to win free tickets to upcoming games, in addition to team gear and other complimentary giveaways.
“There was a great response from fans, as well as McDonald’s,” Senior Vice President of Sales Patrick Duffy said. “They did a fantastic job hosting the event.”
“It was an awesome, well organized, well planned and perfectly executed event,” Vice President of Community Relations of Caspers Company and McDonald’s Restaurants Bob Conigliaro added. “Everyone seemed to have a great time. It was apparent the efforts realized the desired outcome for the Lightning in the community.”
The next edition of the McDonald’s “Ice Hot” Radio Series will take place on Tuesday, January 26 at 8937 Rancho Del Rio Dr. in New Port Richey.