Tampa Bay Lightning Provide Fans With Brutal Update!

The 2020-21 NHL season is going to be as weird as ever and we feel bad for any Tampa Bay Lightning fan who was excited they would be getting a chance to watch hockey live for the first time in a long time. While the team recently announced they would be able to hold a limited number of fans at their home games, on Saturday morning that was all shot down!

Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the area, the Lightning will not be housing any fans to start this season.

This will take effect for the 'foreseeable' future and this was the message from the Lightning's CEO on the matter:

We have worked tirelessly, putting every safety measure possible in place at AMALIE Arena. However, as we review current data and COVID-19 modeling for the next few weeks in the Tampa Bay area, we do not believe it is prudent to admit fans inside the arena at this time. Please note the decision to close AMALIE Arena was made internally, without direction from local health or government officials. Our health care agency partners and the local governments have helped ensure that AMALIE Arena is as safe and healthy as possible, but because of the increasing numbers and the rising positivity rates we are not comfortable bringing large numbers of fans indoors to watch hockey or basketball right now. We are hopeful to reopen the arena soon after we see declining rates and better overall numbers. - Steve Griggs, Chief Executive Officer for Vinik Sports Group and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lightning fans who have purchased tickets can take a full refund or they can keep their money on their account with the Lightning and earn 5% interest until they can buy more tickets. Interesting times to be a Lightning fan.

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