TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed a multi-year partnership extension with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., Chief Executive Officer Steve Griggs announced today. The announcement continues Lakewood Ranch Communities' status as the exclusive residential real estate development partner of the Lightning and AMALIE Arena - allowing the Ranch the opportunity to leverage the team's close proximity to the community, while also reaching key northern markets to grow its residential and commercial real estate businesses.
"We are delighted that Rex Jensen and his leadership team at Schroeder-Manatee Ranch have opted to enter a third consecutive partnership agreement with the Lightning," said Griggs upon making the announcement. "Since first partnering in January, 2013, we have been able to mutually grow the relationship for the good of both organizations, the residents of Lakewood Ranch and the fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning. We look forward to continuing that partnership growth as we move forward.
Key elements of the partnership include the designation of the Lakewood Ranch Client Services Lounge, an exclusive area for Season Ticket Members, as well as ownership of two presenting nights during the 2017-18 season - October 26 versus the Detroit Red Wings and March 17 against the Boston Bruins.
Perhaps the most exciting addition for 2017-18 and beyond will be the construction a new outdoor hockey rink at Lakewood's Premier Sports Campus, allowing residents, young and old, to play street and roller hockey on a state-of-the-art, 120 x 60-foot surface, surrounded by hockey boards - no different than an indoor ice rink. The Lightning will work with leadership at the sports campus to teach the game and develop street hockey leagues for residents and their families.
"The community-first culture that Jeff Vinik, Steve Griggs and Steve Yzerman continue to foster with the Lightning perfectly aligns with those driving our organization," said Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. "Our partnership with the Lightning has also enabled us to further our economic development efforts. We are familiarizing residents in the Tampa Bay area with Lakewood Ranch, while also exposing hockey fans who are visiting here from around the country with what we have to offer. It's the best of both worlds for hockey fans - a great team and organization to enjoy, without the curse of cold, gray winters and piles of snow."
Other new elements of the partnership include the opportunity for Lakewood Ranch Communities to serve as a participating partner of Hockey Day in Tampa Bay, as well as hosting a watch party for Lightning fans and residents alike at Lakewood Ranch on April 7, 2018 as the Lightning play a road game at the Carolina Hurricanes to close out the regular season.