Lightning preseaon initiatives
There was too much here to boil down into a few graphs, so here is the announcement the Lightning sent out about its festivities for its three home preseason games:
Joining with its players and management, the Tampa Bay Lightning are proud to announce an up-close-and-personal preseason, giving fans unprecedented access to the team for each of its three homes games scheduled for the St. Pete Times Forum. Highlighting the program is a special red-carpet walk before each game as the players arrive at the arena. Additionally, all Lightning players not participating in the game that evening will be available at various times in the arena for autographs, pictures, meet and greets and interviews. As many as 13 non-playing players will be available for some of the games.
“As we enter our 15th anniversary season we want to thank our great fans for the support they offer our team,” said Ron Campbell, President of the Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum. “We thought the fans would enjoy an adaptation of the tremendous tradition of spring training baseball that flourishes in our state. Our “stars” will interact with the fans as much as possible from the moment they arrive at the St. Pete Times Forum until they go home that night.”
Fans wishing to get up close and personal with their favorite players are encouraged to arrive by 4:30 p.m. each afternoon, as some of the Lightning players arrive as early as three hours before game time. Those playing in the game that night will continue arriving at the Times Forum until about 6 p.m. while healthy scratches will arrive up until game time.
Additionally, the Lightning is creating theme nights for each preseason game: Rocket Richard Trophy night on Wednesday, Sept. 19 as the Lightning face off against the Dallas Stars; “Party Like a Rock Star night on Saturday, Sept. 22 as the Lightning meet the Southeast Division rival Washington Capitals; and Extreme Hockey N’ Heels night on Monday, Sept. 24 as the Lightning match up against the Detroit Red Wings.
In the team’s preseason opener on Wednesday, the Lightning will celebrate Vincent Lecavalier’s league-leading 52 goals from 2006-07. Lecavalier was presented the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for his accomplishment and fans will be able to view the trophy on the Chrysler/Jeep plaza from 5:30-7 p.m. before the game. All fans will receive a picture of Lecavalier with the trophy on a poster, courtesy of tbt*. And don’t forget, as many as 13 Lightning players will be available throughout the building at various times throughout the game.