The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the NHL in 1992 as an expansion team and after three years, they were already earning a trip to the playoffs. After the franchise’s successful fourth season, the Lightning hit a rough patch where they missed the playoffs every season for the next six years. However, they made a return to the playoffs during the 2002-2003 campaign and continued that streak for the next three seasons. The four consecutive playoff trips were highlighted with their first conference championship and Stanley Cup title during the 2003-2004 season. The Lightning were led by right winger Martin St. Louis who continues to skate for the organization today. Overall, Tampa Bay has won two division championships in their 20+ year history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Tampa Bay Lightning hockey tickets.
2015 Lightning Season Preview
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a solid season in 2013. The Lightning finished 2nd in a tough Atlantic Division, and made the NHL Playoffs. A disappointing 4 game sweep by the Montreal Canadiens ended the strong season for Tampa Bay, but started what was a banner offseason for the team.
In the offseason the Lightning focused on getting better on the defensive side of the ice, and brought in top players Anton Stralman, and Jason garrison. But the biggest excitement in the offseason might be for rookie Jonathan Drouin. He is largely considered to be one of the top young players in the world and could be a future superstar for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team will once again look to stars Steven Stamkos and Ben Bishop to lead the way, and when combined with the offseason improvements, the Lightning come into 2014 as one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference.
Check out our Tampa Bay Lightning Season Preview History page for previews of previous Lightning seasons.
Tampa Bay Lighting Hockey at Amalie Arena Address: 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, Florida, 33602
The Tampa Bay Lightning play all their home games at the Amalie Arena, located in Tampa, Florida. When filled to capacity, the Amalie Arena holds more than 19,000 screaming fans. The state-of-the-art arena is home to the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League and host of many entertainment acts throughout the calendar year. The Tampa Bay Lightning home bench is on the Amalie Arena rink side in front of sections 101 & 130. Amalie Arena parking information is covered in our Lightning event guide.
Lightning vs. Panthers
The Lightning and Panthers are in the same stat and division, so the rivalry was bound to happen since they were both brought into the league in the early 90s. Since they came in the league, the two clubs have wanted to prove they were the better expansion choice. Lots of fights have come through the Battle of the Sunshine State, but the Panthers have won most of them thus far.
Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup, Eastern Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
Tampa Bay is the lightning capitol of the world and the Tampa Bay Lighting have certainly lit it up since their arrival in 1992. The 2004 Stanley Cup Champions have reached the Eastern Conference Finals on multiple occasions and their 6-playoff appearances are impressive considering their recent expansion.
Tampa Bay Lightning Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Lightning game?
Gates at Tampa Bay Times Forum generally open 1-hour before game-time for the general public.
Where are good places to eat before a Lightning game?
Located in the heart of Tampa, Amalie Arena is close to some of the best food in Florida. A little over a mile away from the arena is Tampa Bay Brewing Company. This brewpub has some of the best burgers around and it also has some great vegetarian options. If you are a tapas fan don’t miss out on trying Columbia Café. Less than a mile from the arena this quant little café has amazing food and an outdoor area to allow you to enjoy the warm Florida sun. For a quick bite before the game try the shredded pork tacos at Taco Bus. For a more upscale dining experience we recommend Malio’s Prime Steakhouse or Mise en Place. Other good dining options in the area are Fly Bar & Restaurant, Four Green Fields, and 220 East.
Where is the best place to park at Amalie Arena?
There are a few great parking options near Amalie Arena. We recommend looking to the west of the stadium at the South Regional Garage Lot. Pricing is usually around the $12 mark, and it is the largest lot in the area, and only a short walk to the arena. The Blue Lot is another great option and it is located directly east of the arena. The northeast corner of the arena houses the highest concentration of small lots with the Red, Yellow, Purple, Orange, and Brown Lots are all located in that area.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Lightning game?
Children under the age of 2 years old will be allowed to enter the arena free of charge and must sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game. It is recommended that you bring proof of your child’s age to the gate with you to ensure your child is admitted into the arena.