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Tampa airport and Lightning hockey team join forces

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Oct. 31, 2011 - Parking at Tampa International Airport is always convenient. But now it also comes with a chance to win a four-pack of tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, one winner will be chosen each day at the exit to the airport parking garages through the end of the Lightning season.

The game ticket giveaway is one piece of a first-time partnership between the airport and the hometown hockey team that also includes:

  • Two pairs of round-trip tickets from Edelweiss Air, the airport's newest international carrier, awarded at the Lightning's home game on Oct. 20 and through a "seek the seat" Twitter promotion the next day
  • A "Go Bolts" wrap of the shuttle that connects the main terminal to Airside A
  • The voice of Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier greeting passengers on the Airside A tram as they head to and from the main terminal
  • Airport CEO Joe Lopano said he is proud to be working with the Lightning and CEO Tod Leiweke, who has shown a commitment to growing the local tourism economy.

"Going to a hockey game is a lot of fun, and we want to have some fun out here at the airport and bring some attention to one of Tampa Bay's favorite sports teams," Lopano said. "Lightning fans love their hockey. We do, too."

Tampa airport offers four parking offerings: Long Term and Short Term garages adjacent to the terminal, valet parking with optional detailing service, and Economy Parking for $9 a day.

"We are excited to enter into this unprecedented partnership with the Tampa International Airport," said Leiweke. "This relationship will be mutually beneficial for two companies looking to reach key core objectives. The airport's incredible traffic flow lets us reach sports fans in a unique way on a daily basis as they move in and out of Tampa Bay."

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