TAMPA BAY - Vinik Sports Group, parent company of the Tampa Bay Lightning, announced this morning that it will welcome a maximum of 3,800 fans back to AMALIE Arena for games starting on March 13 when the Bolts take on the Nashville Predators. Information regarding Toronto Raptors games will be released at a later date.
Information for Season Ticket Members will be distributed in the coming days, including for those who have already purchased adjusted ticket plans. For future general ticket opportunities fans are encouraged to sign up for the Lightning Insider email newsletter by clicking HERE. The Lightning have 18 home games remaining on their 2020-21 regular season schedule. The team's last regular season home game is scheduled for May 7, 2021 against the Dallas Stars.
The highest priority in the decision to welcome guests back to the facility has always been placed on the health and safety of fans and staff based on input from healthcare and government officials. In December, the Lightning and VSG announced its 'Play it Safe' campaign, offering a roadmap to ensure the safety of guests and those around them. After following an extensive and meticulous process, AMALIE Arena became one of the first arenas in North America to be dual certified by both the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), which is a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA).
Upon entering AMALIE Arena via mobile ticketing, fans will notice increased measures to promote physical distancing, including entry points, concessions, restrooms and more. Concession and retail stands will be cashless and contactless. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the facility for use. Arena staff will increase frequency of cleaning and sanitation in all areas being used with an emphasis on commonly used surfaces such as seats, handrails and bathrooms. Signage and physical distancing measures have been added to assure six-foot separation between patrons. Ultra-violet disinfectant lights have been installed at various locations including escalator handrails and the number of people allowed on elevators at one time will also be limited. Masks will be required throughout the arena concourses and seating areas when not eating or drinking.
A full list of protocols and procedures can be found HERE.
This policy is subject to change.