OT: A Visitors Guide To Tampa: All Questions Here!

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  1. BogsDiamond

    BogsDiamond Anybody get 2 U yet?

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    Thanks!

    My 10YO son is going to be thrilled. He's going to wear his Carey Price jersey but I'm sure he'll be asking for a TB sweater for Christmas too, haha.

    Thanks again!
     
  2. LSCardeal

    LSCardeal Registered User

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    Hi, everyone. My wife wants to spend our vacation in Orlando and I intend to go to some Tampa Bay Lightning games. I'm a Brazilian Bolts fan so I've never been to a hockey game before. Is there something I must know? Can you help me with the basics, please?
     
  3. LightningStrikes

    LightningStrikes Hedmonster

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    From my experience:

    Before games there's usually a lot of stuff going on around the arena (live bands, video shows, giveaways). So be there an hour early or so. Go grab a beer and a hotdog and enjoy it, talk to some fans, take pictures in front of the statute and arena and so on. About half an hour before the game go to your seats, watch the players warm up (maybe take some more pictures) and watch the pre-game show and anthem. During intermission go grab some Poutine or another beer. After the game go check out the party deck on the roof, take in Tampa's skyline and enjoy some more live music and food (also a good way to avoid traffic after the game). Before and/or after the game go check out the fan store and get yourself a hat or a shirt or a jersey to complete the experience.
     
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    LSCardeal Registered User

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    Thank you so much! :)
     
  5. Beville

    Beville #ForTheBoys

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    Hey

    The internet where I'm currently located is pretty poor, and filter's all the good ticket sites.

    what's the general value of a ticket, come the end of March/start of April? Me and the gf are coming over to Orlando and I'd love to catch a Lightning game (Ideally, against Detroit). What sort of face value am I looking at? Not particularly bothered about having great seats - unless you need good seats cos the arena is rubbish!

    Cheers
     
  6. Byrddog

    Byrddog Registered User

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    Have visited Tampa a number of times but planning a all hockey trip this time round. Planning on getting to Tampa on Dec 28 and catching three games thru New Years Eve. I would like to stay within walking distance of Amalie Arena. And not having to use my carry permit to stay safe. In the past have traveled in to Tampa for activities and this time I do not want to go that route. SO any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  7. Fro

    Fro Cheatin on CBJ w TBL

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    i love the A Loft right on the riverwalk...stayed there one of the last times before moving down here...probably half mile walk down the riverwalk...I've never feared anything walking around the riverwalk and the area...
     
  8. Hoek

    Hoek Sea Breeze

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    There's an handful of hotels in walking distance. Also the Embassy Suites and Marriott which are literally next to the arena depending how much you're willing to pay. The area is pretty safe unless you're planning on partying super late in Ybor or something. The Aloft looks really neat though, never heard of it before, but looks similar to the sort of places I stay when I travel, and the riverwalk is nice so I'd recommend it.
     
  9. Still All In

    Still All In Plz stop pucks

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    Don't get caught in a trap, though - while it is changing, downtown Tampa is still relatively dead. If you're looking for fun, exploration, night life, and so on, Downtown Tampa isn't really the place for all of that. You'll find some newer bars and restaurants that have opened which are fantastic, but there really isn't a lot yet.

    If you want to really see sun and explore and everything, stay in St. Petersburg and rent a car or something. Downtown St. Petersburg is 100x more fun than Downtown Tampa, more bars, more nightlife, more art, more water, more everything. The drive to the arena isn't bad at all, and plenty of places to get cocktails at before and after the game.
     
  10. Fro

    Fro Cheatin on CBJ w TBL

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    and if its after NOV 4th, there's the ferry to tampa from St Pete...
     
  11. Hoek

    Hoek Sea Breeze

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    I would agree with that, but Byrddog did say it was an "all hockey" trip. :D

    Downtown Tampa is a little better than it used to be but still a far cry from a destination on its own yet. That's what Vinik's working on.
     
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Registered User Sponsor

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    Well attended my first Lighting game. Couldn't believe it. Amazing arena and atmosphere, amazing fans and I had a great time. I can't stress that enough. The cabbie gave me the gears the whole way to the arena as soon as he found out I was a Pens fan (about 60 seconds in) - it was great! And even the fans in the arena were cool. It's too bad I'm a Pens fan... because I could easily convert if I lived in TB. Spent way too much money, but had an absolute blast. Can't wait for the TB/FLA game next week.

    Anyone who says hockey can't "work" in the southern US, doesn't have a clue what they're talking about. That or they've never been to Tampa.
     
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    I was also at the game. Wore my Wings jersey. Caught some friendly flack which was funny. Wings are my #1 team, I'm from Michigan. Bolts are my #2 team, I live here now.

    I've had more fun attending games at Amalie compared to Joe Louis. Of course the weather plays a factor, but Thunder Alley is great. It gets LOUD in Amalie. The arena is set up perfectly. Only thing that sucks is the outrageous prices for beer.
     
  14. Riptide

    Riptide Registered User Sponsor

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    Yeah those 1 pint beers add up quickly! Did the math this morning... spent over twice my ticket price in beer and food. And funny enough never even made it to my seat! Spent the whole game on the balcony under the organ with a pair of ex DET fans who retired in TB and a young die hard DET/FLA fan. Am kinda torn about what to do for the FLA game on Tues... I figure I'll start up there and see whether the people are cool or not. If they are great... if not, I'll just go use my lower bowl seat.
     
  15. Hoek

    Hoek Sea Breeze

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    I guess they have to make up for the "cheap" tickets somehow. :D

    Glad you're having a good time! We've really hit on a formula here and it still blows my mind after all the lean years leading up to it. Hopefully Florida follows suit. You'll be getting a taste of the nascent rivalry soon. Okay, so it's not much of one yet until we meet in the playoffs, lol.
     
  16. JRinNYC

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    On my quest to hit all 30 arenas, I'm going to Amalie Arena tomorrow for the COL vs TBL game. What should I see around the arena? Any statues, or trophy/banner walls outside or in the concourse? Looking forward to seeing the massive scoreboard and those Tesla coils in action. Amalie Arena will be arena #27 out of 30.
     
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    Just hit up thunder alley. Everything is there.
     
  18. Hoek

    Hoek Sea Breeze

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    See the Dave Andreychuk statue with him holding the cup there over by the big lightning bolts, and founder Phil Esposito at the entrance, can't miss that one. Check out the huge organ on the third level. There's lots of pictures and stuff in various concourses. I'm not sure where the original huge cup banner is now but I think it's somewhere?
     
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    How is it buying tickets on game day outside the arena? I'm trying to decide whether to pay the astronomical fees on 3rd party sites or taking my chances buying there day of game. I'll be going to a Monday night game on 3/6 vs the Rangers if that context helps any.
     
  20. Todd1a

    Todd1a Kucherov or prospect

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    I didn't like how vinik changed our cup banner from 2004 I think some things need to remain untouched . I guess he wanted them to match.
     
  21. TheDaysOf 04

    TheDaysOf 04 [ 2 6 ] [ 4 ]

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    What ever happened to the old one? I hope they kept and persevered it. They could stick it in a museum or something.
     
  22. Hoek

    Hoek Sea Breeze

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    There's always a handful of guys selling tickets on the streets leading to the arena but no idea on their prices compared to online as I've never had to use them. I would assume they would be a little more desperate to unload their tickets at that point.
     
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    Hey Tampa fans I was wondering if anyone can help me regarding a question about Tropicana Field. This coming August when I'm on vacation in Orlando it just so happens to be that the Blue Jays are playing a three game series against the Rays in St. Petersburg and I decided to attend the game on August 24th. I haven't got tickets yet since they are not on sale through Ticketmaster and I might use StubHub as a last resort depending on what seats I can get, because I want close to the Blue Jays dugout as possible. Anyway my question has to do with parking. I saw on Google Maps there is a few parking lots around Tropicana Field and was wondering how much it costs to park there? As for directions I'm driving down from Toronto and my car has a navigation, plus I have driven by Tropicana Field before. I have been to Clearwater Beach multiple times and went to the Ellenton Premium Outlets, so I know my way around I-275.
     
  24. PantherboyHTR

    PantherboyHTR An Old School Cat

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    I have family vacationing down to Clearwater, FLA on Feb. 14th for a while (same day as pitchers and catchers report for Blue Jays.)

    Anyone know of free things they can do with the Blue Jays then? Does it cost $ to watch non preseason games?

    Also anyone know of kid friendly places in or around Clearwater?
     
  25. MattM92

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    Don't know anything about baseball, but Clearwater Beach is only one of the best beaches in the US and probably the world. Fantastic place to take children.
     

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