TAMPA — The Lightning will look to stir fan interest with three events on the weekend of Sept. 13.
The team announced its Lightning Launch Weekend on Tuesday. It will feature a Family Fun Night at Sparkman Wharf on Friday and a free public skate at Amalie Arena on Saturday before culminating with its annual Fan Fest on Sunday.
The Family Fun Night will run from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and consist of Lightning programming and music at the renovated retail area east of Amalie Arena. Events will include trivia contests, bubble hockey tournaments and social contests for Lightning prizes throughout the night. Fans also will be able to pick up yard signs, car magnets and other promotional items.
The free public skate at the arena will run from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and consist of five 45-minute windows for fans to come skate where the Bolts play. Interested fans will need to claim their time slot and mobile ticket in advance by visiting nhl.com/lightning/fans/lightning-launch-weekend. Participation will be limited to 200 people per session and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fan Fest, presented by Florida Blue, will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the arena. Fan Fest will be the first chance for fans to see and interact with the 2019-20 Lightning team. The event is free and open to the public, but fans must obtain a mobile ticket by visiting the page.
Those in attendance will experience player interactions at autograph or photo stations, as well as the opportunity to participate in alumni autographs. The fest also will include a merchandise sale, kids zone, used equipment sales and food and beverage specials.
Also, fans will have the opportunity to receive two complimentary Trane Terrace Level tickets to a 2019 Lightning preseason game with the purchase of $100 worth of merchandise at Tampa Bay Sports inside Amalie Arena.
Prospects report on Thursday and fly to Nashville Saturday for a prospects tournament. Veterans will report next Sept. 12 and the Lightning play the first of seven preseason games on Sept. 17. The Bolts open the regular season at home on Oct. 3 against the Florida Panthers.