The Tampa Bay Lightning in a series of announcements is expected to unveil improvements it has planned for the St. Pete Times Forum. Many of the improvements will be ready by next season. Employees, before Tuesday's game with the Maple Leafs, got a quick preview as to what is planned with a presentation by minority owner and CEO Tod Leiweke. There also was a video presentation done with reporters in the press box.
The renovation actually is a continuation of improvements already made. The highlights of the expanded renovation includes changing out all the arena seats, part of making the interior of the arena conform to the team's new blue and white color scheme. An 11,000 square-foot party deck is planned and a pipe organ for in-game entertainment. No word on whether it will match the strength of the organ at the old Chicago Stadium.
The process is part of a housecleaning, so to speak, by Leiweke and new owner Jeff Vinik. It also is a continued sign of the seriousness they have on following through on declarations made when they came on board to give the organization a new look and direction.