Could Stanley Cup playoffs threaten Tampa concerts by R. Kelly, Ellie Goulding?
Here we go again.
Last year around this time, the Tampa Bay Lightning's surprise run to the Stanley Cup finals came with an unfortunate and unexpected consequence: The forced cancellation of three concerts by Garth Brooks at Amalie Arena.
Now, with the Lightning on their way back to the Eastern Conference finals -- and possibly the Stanley Cup finals -- it raises the question of what might happen to three upcoming events at Amalie Arena: Disney On Ice from Thursday through Sunday, and concerts by R. Kelly on May 27 and Ellie Goulding on June 2.
Whatever happens in other Eastern semifinal between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, Disney On Ice is safe, said Kevin Preast, Amalie Arena's senior vice president of event management. No matter the opponent, the Lightning will start the Eastern finals on the road, which means the arena is in the clear until next week.
As for Kelly and Goulding?
"Working on the exact dates down the road, but we believe we are good on all other scheduled events for the balance of the playoffs," Preast said.
Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup finals are scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, and Saturday, June 4. The site of those games will be determined by regular-season points totals. If the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues or San Jose Sharks win the West, the Lightning would open the final on the road. If the Nashville Predators win the West, Games 1 and 2 would take place in Tampa -- with an Ellie Goulding concert in between.
Tickets to the Eastern Conference Finals between the Lightning and either the Penguins or Capitals go on sale at 2 p.m. Thursday. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin