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Amalie Arena

http://amaliearena.com/

Categories: Attraction, Sports center, Arena, Music venue, Event venue

More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

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

Andrea Bocelli
Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:30pm

Arenacross
Saturday, February 20, 2016 7:00pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016 12:00pm

Bolt Run
Saturday, March 26, 2016 8:30am
Cirque du Soleil: Toruk
Thursday, March 17, 2016 7:30pm
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic
Saturday, February 27, 2016 1:00pm
Saturday, February 27, 2016 4:00pm

Harlem Globetrotters
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 7:00pm

Hockey Day Tampa Bay
Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:00am

Jeff Dunham
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:30pm

NCAA Men's Frozen Four
Thursday, April 7, 2016 5:00pm
Rihanna
Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:30pm

Tampa Bay Lightning
Friday, February 12, 2016 7:30pm
Nashville Predators
Sunday, February 14, 2016 6:00pm
St. Louis Blues
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7:30pm
San Jose Sharks
Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:30pm
Winnipeg Jets
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 7:30pm
Arizona Coyotes
Saturday, March 5, 2016 7:00pm
Carolina Hurricanes
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 7:30pm
Boston Bruins

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