TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning and Uber have entered into a new partnership which will increase the convenience and reliability of ridesharing for fans and guests attending events at AMALIE Arena. To kick-off the new partnership, Dave Andreychuk, ThunderBug and the Lightning Girls took the first Uber ride to the new dedicated Uber Lanes between S. Florida and S. Morgan Street outside AMALIE Arena on Wednesday.
"As we look to transform the land surrounding AMALIE Arena over the next several years, we feel it is important to team up with a partner like Uber to maintain the world-class fan experience that our guests have come to expect for their commute to our events. In fact, our hockey fans and concert guests are strongly asking for this service." Lightning CEO Steve Griggs said. "We envision Uber playing a key role along with other alternative transportation methods to move our guests quickly to and from the arena."
The Lightning's new partnership with Uber will benefit fans this season with some road/lane closures around AMALIE Arena as part of the construction involved that is happening in southern downtown. Fans leaving by Uber will be picked up in the new designated Uber lanes on Channelside Drive, providing a convenient way to attend events and games.
"Uber is proud to announce this innovative partnership with one of the most respected brands in all of professional sports: the Tampa Bay Lightning," said Tom Maguire, General Manager of Uber Tampa. "At the tap of a button, Lightning fans can now rely on safe and reliable transportation options to and from AMALIE Arena from anywhere in Tampa Bay."
The Lightning will also be rewarding Uber drivers that go above and beyond and who give "All-Star" service. During the season, riders will be able to nominate their favorite drivers, by leaving #UberAllStar in the rating section of the Uber app. Drivers that get nominated from their riders will be entered into a random drawing to be the Uber All-Star Driver of the Month and will received a VIP treatment.