Great arena, great seats. Very expensive drinks outside the arena (a beer was 15 USD....
NHL hockey Tampa vs Nashville
First time on a NHL game, drove to arena via GPS, somewhat tricky in rush hour when you didn't know what "next lane" would be so some extra turns... Found parking rather nearby (not in garage), didn't check anything about parking before going there still turned out good. Easy to find entrance, quick entry once venue opened. Also visited the store and bought some merchandise. Very friendly hosts inside and lots of it. Easy to find seats. The only "negative" thing is that food/drinks/fan clothes was quite expensive otherwise a great experience even if Tampa lost the game
Bolts vs Red Wings
Arena is terrific and timeouts and between period events were very entertaining. Food and drinks way too expensive. Parking around the arena is a nightmare. Parked and ate at Yubor City and took trolly to and from the game. First time using E-ticket was stressful but staff at arena was helpful to get us into the arena.
Great game in a very good stadium. Perfect view from our seats in Section 302. Only bad point are the fees from ticketmaster.
Red Wings vs Bolts
Arena is terrific, pre game entertainment was outstanding. The e ticket was frustrating and to transfer tickets person had it join Ticketmasters and create an account and give out their email address. Price of food and drinks at arena are too expensive. Parking around the arena was impossible and we eat and parked and took free ferry from Yubor City.
Great game against Wings
The bolts were on fire. Better to watch it in the stands than on TV when we smash the Wings!! Loved it. Especially the empty net goal! Great job guys!
Amalie arena and Lighting game on Saturday night. Good venue and good seats. Only negative is the food prices are extremely high
Lightning Hockey was GREAT!!!
We loved the Arena, the game was exciting, the atmosphere was electric, and we will definitely come to another game!!
The decision to make the game totally ticketless is extremely inconvenient if you do not have a smartphone and do not wish to have one. You have to stand in line at the 'will call' desk and then wait to have tickets printed. It certainly puts me off attending too many games.
Lightning games are great ...
The games are great but on the 300 level, little to no leg room.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena
Coming off a season in which they won the Eastern Conference and set a franchise record for victories (54) and points (113), the Tampa Bay Lightning will resume their chase for a second Stanley Cup® Championship at Amalie Arena.
Consistently rated as serving up one of the best crowd experiences in the NHL, Amalie Arena is also where fans can commune with the statue of Hall of Famer Phil Esposito, the team's co-founder, first president and GM, and still the Lightning's color commentator.
The home season kicks off Oct. 6 against the rival Florida Panthers.
Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-19 Season
Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Jon Cooper, the Lightning last season made the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in four seasons, squashing the memory of a 2016-17 season in which they lost star center Steven Stamkos to injury and missed the Playoffs.
Spurring the Bolts' record-setting success were right winger Nikita Kucherov (who finished third in the NHL with 100 points), Stamkos (who bounced back strong to post 86 points), defenseman Victor Hedman (the James Norris Trophy winner), and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (a Vezina Trophy finalist). After blowing past the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins in the first two rounds of the Playoffs, the Lightning's march toward the Cup ended in disappointing fashion. After leading the Eastern Conference Finals 3-2, the Bolts were blanked in Games 6 and 7 by the eventual Stanley Cup® Champion Washington Capitals.
That core returns for 2018-19, along with 21-year-old sensation Brayden Point, Anton Stralman, Ryan McDonagh, and J.T. Miller. The latter two, both 2018 trade deadline acquisitions, have signed contract extensions.
Tampa Bay Lightning History
The Lightning's climb to the elite of the NHL was slow. They joined the league as an expansion team along with the Ottawa Senators in 1992, and earned their first berth in the Playoffs in the 1995-96 season. Not until 2002-03 did the Bolts achieve any kind of consistent success. The key ingredient was 1998 first-round draft pick Vincent Lecavalier, a center who went on to play 14 seasons for the Lightning and set almost every team scoring record.
After making the second round in the 2002-03 Playoffs, the Bolts rocketed to the Stanley Cup® Finals the following season behind the league's scoring leader, Martin St. Louis, the goaltending of Nikolai Khabibulin, and the efforts of Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Fredrik Modin, Ruslan Fedotenko, Cory Stillman, and captain Dave Andreychuk. The Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in a Stanley Cup® Finals that included four games decided by one goal, two of which came in overtime. Fedotenko scored both goals in the clinching 2-1 victory in Game 7.
The Lightning flirted with Playoff success the next two seasons, but struggled for three years after that. After bringing in Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman as general manager, the team returned to the Playoffs in 2010-11, 2013-14, and again the following season, when the Bolts — boasting the highest-scoring offense in the league — won 50 games and the Eastern Conference title. They dispatched the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, and New York Rangers in hard-fought series en route to the Stanley Cup® Finals, where they ultimately lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Powered by the scoring of Kucherov and Stamkos, the Lightning contended again in 2015–16 only be turned away in the conference finals by the eventual winner of the Stanley Cup® Championship, the Pittsburgh Penguins.