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Amalie Arena

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Amalie Arena (formerly the Tampa Bay Times Forum)  is home of the Tampa Bay Lightning and host to some of the biggest entertainment names to come to the city. It was also the site of  the 2012 Republican National Convention. The Forum's impressive size of 670,000 square feet with three decks and seven separate levels help account for its fame. The design provides 19,758 seats for NHL games, 20,500 seats for basketball games and up to 21,500 seats for concerts and center stage events.

In 2011, a $35 million renovation project turned one of Tampa's premiere event facilities into an even grander example of Tampa's ability to play host. The changes made to the enormous venue included a rebuild of every suite, with 60 feet added to each, removal of eight suites to allow for more standing room, and a remodel of fifth-floor suite bathrooms. Marble countertops, drink rails, induction burners, tile flooring, custom lighting and new leather seats add an even greater feel of luxury to the suites.

The suites weren't the only part of the Forum to undergo improvement, though. The regular seating area replaced plastic seats with plush cushioned seats, each with a drink holder. Other changes include a more efficient air conditioning system, brighter lighting and coils of Tesla on either side of the scoreboard that will emit lightning, to emphasize the Forum's signature. A massive pipe organ was also added.

Outside, a new party deck offers a great view of the city before or after events, complementing a giant outside concourse that makes a great spot for watch parties when the Lightning make the playoffs.

 Medallions Food Services is the official concessionaire of the Forum, providing a diverse menu available throughout the arena at restaurants Medallions and Icons, in luxury suites and the concourse concessions.

The Forum first opened its doors in 1996 under the title Ice Palace, as new home for the Lightning. It has exchanged hands five times since. A long-term marketing agreement with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) and the Forum's ownership gives the mammoth structure its name.

 The Forum has hosted concerts, NBA exhibition games, USF basketball and
 NCAA Tournament games, plus tennis, professional wrestling, boxing, figure
 skating and rodeos. In 2012, the Forum will play host to
 the NCAA Hockey Frozen Four championship finals.

Events at Amalie Arena

Nitro Circus Live
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 7:30pm

Tampa Bay Lightning
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Arizona Coyotes
Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Thursday, November 6, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Calgary Flames
Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:30pm Vs. San Jose Sharks
Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:00pm Vs. New York Islanders
Saturday, November 22, 2014 7:00pm Vs. Minnesota Wild
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:30pm Vs. New York Rangers
Saturday, November 29, 2014 7:00pm Vs. Ottawa Senators
Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Buffalo Sabres
Saturday, December 6, 2014 7:00pm Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Washington Capitals
Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Saturday, December 27, 2014 7:00pm Vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Monday, December 29, 2014 7:30pm Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Friday, January 9, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Buffalo Sabres
Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Houston Oilers
Saturday, January 17, 2015 7:00pm Vs. Colorado Avalanche
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Vancouver Canuks
Thursday, January 29, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Detroit Red Wings
Saturday, January 31, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Saturday, February 7, 2015 5:00pm Vs. Los Angeles Kings
Sunday, February 8, 2015 5:00pm Vs. Anaheim Ducks
Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:30pm Vs. St. Louis Blues
Friday, February 27, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Buffalo Sabres
Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Saturday, March 7, 2015 7:00pm Vs. Dallas Stars
Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:00pm Vs. Winnipeg Jets
Monday, March 16, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Montreal Canadiens
Friday, March 20, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Detroit Red Wings
Sunday, March 22, 2015 5:00pm Vs. Boston Bruins
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Florida Panthers
Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Nashville Predators
Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:30pm Vs. New Jersey Devils
Saturday, April 11, 2015 7:30pm Vs. Boston Bruins
Saturday, November 1, 2014 7:00pm Vs. Washington Capitals

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