Tampa Bay Times Forum


Categories: Event venue, Sports center

More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

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 Tampa Bay Times Forum

Bolt Run
Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:00am

Bolts Family Carnival
Sunday, January 18, 2015 1:00pm

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 8:00pm

Chosen Marathon
Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:00am

Disney on Ice: Frozen
Sunday, May 17, 2015 5:00pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015 1:00pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:00pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:00pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 11:00am
Friday, May 15, 2015 7:00pm
Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:00pm

Fleetwood Mac
Saturday, December 20, 2014 8:00pm

Professional Bull Riders
Saturday, January 24, 2015 7:00pm

Super Freestyle Explosion
Saturday, September 13, 2014 7:30pm

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

The Black Keys
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:00pm

Throwdown By The Bay
Friday, December 12, 2014 8:00pm

Thunder at the Forum: Round 2
Friday, August 22, 2014 7:45pm

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Sunday, September 21, 2014 7:00pm

Walk to End Alzheimer's: Tampa
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00am

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