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PNC Bank, Little Caesars join growing list of Lightning partners

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced new key business partnerships with PNC Bank and Little Caesars pizza.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome PNC and Little Caesars to the Lightning family of partners today," Lightning Chief Operating Officer Steve Griggs said. "As we continue to construct a world class organization we will need world-class partners such as PNC and Little Caesars. Both organizations represent the very best in their respective sectors, both in business and in their local communities."

The Lightning's agreement with PNC Bank makes it the official retail and commercial banking partner of the team and the St. Pete Times Forum. The deal also gives naming rights to the arena's all-inclusive club, formerly the Channelside Club, to the bank. The club will now be known as the PNC Bank Club.

"Jeff Vinik and the Tampa Bay Lightning strive for excellence in everything they do, and in a very short period of time, built one of the best franchises in all of sports while simultaneously establishing themselves as a leader in the region's business community," said Joe Meterchick, regional president of PNC Bank for Central-West Florida. "PNC, the Vinik Family and the Tampa Bay Lightning share common values including investing in the communities that we live and serve. We are excited about, and we look forward to, strengthening our partnership and furthering our commitment to the economic vitality of the region while raising the awareness of our brands."

PNC Bank is a division of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ( PNC is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; asset management and global fund services.

The Lightning also announced today that Little Caesars Pizza is the official pizza of the Bolts, Tampa Bay Storm and the St. Pete Times Forum. Little Caesars will have three locations in the St. Pete Times Forum at sections 115, 210 and 325. Little Caesars is also the presenting sponsor of the Lightning's 10-pack ticket plans. Little Caesars is known for innovations including Pizza!Pizza!®, Crazy Bread® and HOT-N-READY®, which offers customers fresh, hot pizza with no waiting or need to call ahead. This season all fans who invest in a Lightning 10-pack plan will receive a free HOT-N-READY® pizza. Little Caesars operates stores throughout the Tampa Bay area serving nine counties from Port Charlotte North to Crystal River and the Gulf Beaches East to Lakeland.


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