TAMPA — Want to have a sleepover at Amalie Arena this month with five of your friends?
You can for $5,000.
The Lightning will transform one of their second-level loft areas into a spacious three-bed living space that can be booked for one night only on April 24, a Lightning off day.
The area can be booked on Airbnb starting Monday at noon. The listing for the space, complete with photos is HERE. There is only one living space available.
Guests also will be treated to a five-course chef pairing dinner, a chance to skate on the ice, a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena, a movie on the arena’s video board, an opportunity to set off the arena’s Tesla coil, sound the goal siren and an up-close look at the pipe organ, all with the Stanley Cup on hand.
One thing you can’t do, according to the listing: Touch the thermostat.
The living space comes completely furnished with three queen beds, tables, chairs, televisions, drinks and snacks.
Proceeds from the rental go to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, which focuses on suicide prevention help, crisis counseling, trauma counseling, sexual assault survivor services and transportation services, and the Lightning Foundation.
This isn’t the first time a professional sports stadium or arena has been rented out for an overnight stay.
When the Minor League Baseball season was canceled last year due to the coronavirus, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos began renting out a 10-bedroom living space in its stadium, giving guests full access to the clubhouse, batting cages and playing field for $1,571 a night. You can also rent out Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Ore., home of the minor-league Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, for $1,000 a night.
In 2015, the Red Sox transformed a suite into a one-bedroom living area for an Airbnb contest. The same year, a couple won a contest to stay at a Rio de Janeiro soccer stadium through Airbnb.
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