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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

2015 NCAA Women's Final Four
Sunday, April 5, 2015 6:30pm
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:30pm

Friday, April 24, 2015 6:00pm

Bette Midler
Monday, May 11, 2015 7:00pm

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

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

Eric Church
Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:30pm

Imagine Dragons
Friday, July 10, 2015 7:00pm

Job Fair
Monday, March 9, 2015 3:00pm

Kevin Hart
Friday, May 8, 2015 8:00pm

Kevin Hart
Friday, May 8, 2015 7:00pm
Friday, May 8, 2015 10:30pm

NCAA Final Four: 4Kay Run
Saturday, April 4, 2015 8:00am

NCAA Final Four: Bounce by the Bay
Saturday, April 4, 2015 1:30pm

NCAA Final Four: Tourney Town
Saturday, April 4, 2015 8:30am
Sunday, April 5, 2015 11:00am
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:00pm

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

Romeo Santos
Friday, June 19, 2015 8:30pm

Sunday, May 24, 2015 7:30pm

Sam Smith
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:00pm

Tampa Bay Lightning
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

The Who
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7:30pm

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