Tampa Bay Lightning opening Amalie Arena to 3,800 fans

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Tampa Bay Lightning opening Amalie Arena to 3,800 fans

For the first time since winning the 2020 Stanley Cup, the general public will be able to see the champs in person.

This morning, Vinik Sports Group, which owns the Tampa Bay Lightning, announced that it will begin hosting up to 3,800 fans at Amalie Arena for games. The first in-person game to allow fans will be March 13, when the Bolts take on the Nashville Predators.

The group says COVID-19 precautions will still be in place, meaning masks will be required at all times when not eating or drinking, fans will also be socially distant, concessions will be cashless and expect plenty of hand sanitizer.

"The highest priority in the decision to welcome guests back to the facility has always been placed on the health and safety of fans and staff based on input from healthcare and government officials," the team said in a statement. 

Last month, the Lightning had a soft-opening of sorts, allowing just a few hundred family and friends to games at Amalie Arena. 

Tickets information will be announced in the next couple days and can be found here.

A rep for the Tampa Bay Lightning said it's still to be determined whether or not the team will finally hoist the Stanley Cup championship banner into the rafters at the March 13 game.

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