Lightning training camp, IceFest schedules
Training camp is Sept. 16-24 at the St. Pete Times Forum, after which the team flies to New York for a preseason game against the Rangers and then on to Europe. The first practice day on the ice is Sept. 17. Sessions are open to the public Sept. 17-19 and Sept. 21 only. Parking is free in the west lot. Players will sign autographs after their respective squads practice. IceFest is Sept. 21. That schedule is below.
Here is the training camp schedule (subject to change):
Sept. 16: Players report for physicals and testing, 9 a.m.
Sept. 17: Team Black 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Team White noon – 3 p.m.
Sept. 18: Team Black & Team White 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Scrimmage 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.).
Sept. 19: Team Black & Team White 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Scrimmage 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.).
Sept. 20: 11:30 a.m. pregame skate in Pittsburgh; game, Mellon Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21: Team Black 11 a.m. – noon; Team White 12:15 – 1:15 p.m; Lightning IceFest.
Sept. 22: 10:30 a.m. pregame skate; game vs. Penguins, St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: 10:30 a.m. pregame skate; game vs. Rangers, St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 24: Practice, 10 a.m.
Sept. 25: 11:30 a.m. pre-game skate in New York; preseason game, Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.
The Chrysler/Jeep Plaza will host numerous activities Sept. 21 including DJ Coz from 10 a.m. - noon and the live band, Betty’s Not a Vitamin, from noon - 4 p.m. Also on the plaza will be a surf simulator ride, the human joust, a bungee trampoline, a rock climbing wall, a carnival tent midway, human foosball, face painting, street hockey and more. Numerous local radio stations will also be on hand on the plaza. Free parking is available in the VIP West lot.
10 a.m. – IceFest Opens
10 a.m. - noon – DJ Coz performs on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza
11 a.m. - noon – Team Black practice
Noon - 4 p.m. – Betty’s Not a Vitamin performs LIVE on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Team White practice
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Team Black autographs
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Team White autographs
4 p.m. – IceFest concludes.