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Lightning, city clear up dispute on arena dates

The city will not seek replacement shows for all of the Tampa Bay Lightning's reserved dates in the ThunderDome, after all.

Downtown facilities director Bob Leighton said Friday that he had misunderstood the city's arrangement this week with Lightning management.

As a labor dispute drags on with the National Hockey League, city officials are trying to find new acts to fill the city-operated dome on 20 to 30 dates that the Lightning had earlier reserved for games.

Those replacement dates will no longer be held for the Lightning if other shows come along, Leighton said.

The Lightning's regular season home games, though, will not be replaced by other events, Leighton said.

Hockey and city officials talked Friday and cleared up the miscommunication, Leighton said.

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