The Amalie Arena, located in Downtown Tampa’s Channelside District, is a multipurpose arena. It opened in 1996 and was originally known as the Ice Palace. It is mainly used as the home for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League but hosts a variety of events including sports games, concerts, and other performances. The arena has a seating capacity of 19,092.

In August 2002, the building’s naming rights were sold to the St. Petersburg Times, which became the Tampa Bay Times in January 2012; accordingly, the arena was known as the St. Pete Times Forum and later the Tampa Bay Times Forum. In September 2014, the arena was renamed Amalie Arena when the naming rights were transferred to Amalie Oil Company.

In 2012, the Tampa Bay Times Forum installed a video display board billed as the largest of its kind in North America. Its two larger faces measure 28 × 50 feet (8.5 × 15.2 m), while its two smaller faces are 28 × 20 feet (8.5 × 6.1 m).

Home to Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena
Tampa International Airport

How to Get to Tampa

The nearest airport to Amalie Arena is Tampa International Airport (TPA) which is around 8 miles away. Several airlines offer direct flights from London with a flight time of 9-10 hours.

If you are already in the US and looking to travel to/from the arena, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet. You also have the option of using St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) which is 19 miles away from Amalie Arena.

Public Transport

There are several public transportation options available around Amalie Arena. The TECO Line Streetcar (free) is a free streetcar service that operates in Tampa’s urban centre. It connects Downtown Tampa and Ybor City and has several stops along the way. The Cross Bay Ferry is a ferry service that operates between St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay. It offers a convenient and scenic way to travel between the two cities.

You could also make use of apps such as Moovit to get directions to the arena using public transportation. Rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft are also available in the vicinity.

Tampa Downtown Transit Map
Map of Tampa

Staying in Tampa

Beyond the Airbnb and Sonder options there are many hotels nearby to suit all budgets, which can be booked directly or via one of the hotel reservation booking sites.

Downtown Tampa’s Channelside District offers tourists a variety of attractions. The skyline is constantly changing as high-rises fill with residents, shops and restaurants. It’s a pedestrian-friendly area with everything you need, from chic waterfront eateries to popular family attractions and recreation areas. Another popular neighbourhood to stay in when visiting the Amalie Arena is Harbour Island. The Westin Tampa Waterside is a highly rated hotel located on Harbour Island, just 0.4 miles from the arena.

Tampa Bay Lightning Tickets

The Tampa Bay Lightning sell their tickets via Ticketmaster.

The official ticket partner for the NHL is Ticketmaster.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platform fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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