It's not quite the Super Bowl, but when the NHL All-Star Game rolls into Tampa later this month, it'll bring a handful of celebrities and parties with it.
Pop-rockers Fitz and the Tantrums (HandClap, The Walker) will headline a free outdoor concert at Curtis Hixon Park on Jan. 26, the league announced Tuesday. They'll be joined by one or two more bands yet to be announced, plus NHL All-Stars and alumni. The show will be followed by a fireworks show.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, Flo Rida will serve as his home state's musical ambassador, performing during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena, and headlining a private league party at the Tampa Convention Center later that night.
"Our mindset is, few are honored with a ticket to the game," said Steve Mayer, the NHL's executive vice president and chief content officer. "If you're privileged and you get to go, that's fantastic. But for us, how does everyone get a chance to experience All-Star Weekend? That's the most important thing for us.
There will be more music throughout the weekend, including some performers at the NHL All-Star PreGame, a three-day fan festival outside Amalie Arena. More festivities will take place on Clearwater Beach and elsewhere around Tampa Bay.
It's all happening the same weekend as Gasparilla, and Mayer said there will be some sort of pirate component to all of it.
"I think you'll feel as a fan, even if you don't have (game) tickets, if you come down here, you're going to participate, and you'll walk away feeling like you were a part of All-Star Weekend," Mayer said.
The league will announce its U.S. and Canadian national anthem performers for the Jan. 28 game, as well as a between-periods headliner, in the weeks to come. Last year's gameday performers in Los Angeles were Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.
— Jay Cridlin