TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The Tampa Bay Lightning return to the ice Thursday night for their season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers.
After coming so close to claiming the Stanley Cup last season, some hockey fans can’t wait to get back inside Amalie Arena for more action on the ice. The Lightning lost the Cup during game six to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nearly the entire roster is returning this season. Coaches, players, and fans have high expectations for another run in the playoffs.
Those who make it to the game, will notice some big changes inside Amalie after a $25 million renovation. Amalie officials promise a great fan experience with luxury seating, touch screens to check stats and replays, and new gourmet food options. The construction inside isn’t quite complete, but Amalie officials promise it won’t get in the way of all the fun.
The puck drops Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Watch News Channel 8 starting with First at Four for complete coverage of opening night.