Tampa Bay Lightning's 30th anniversary celebrations kick off on Oct. 1

The free events include a Smash Mouth concert on Oct. 1.

click to enlarge The Bolts are celebrating their upcoming 30th anniversary with a season-long celebration, filled with a season kick-off event, anniversary logo, community givebacks, Tampa Bay Lightning Hall of Fame and more. - Photo via tblightning/Twitter
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The Bolts are celebrating their upcoming 30th anniversary with a season-long celebration, filled with a season kick-off event, anniversary logo, community givebacks, Tampa Bay Lightning Hall of Fame and more.
This Tampa Bay Lightning season is about to be filled with a lot more than just hockey.

The Bolts are celebrating their upcoming 30th anniversary with a season-long celebration, filled with a season kick-off event, anniversary logo, community givebacks, Tampa Bay Lightning Hall of Fame and more.

The celebration starts Oct. 1 with a weekend kick-off at Amalie Arena. There will be exclusive interviews with Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien Brisebois, head coach Jon Cooper and current players and team alumni like Dave Andreychuk, Brian Bradley, Ryan Malone, Paul Ysebaert and more. All followed by a concert from hit rock band Smash Mouth.

The event will kick off at 4 p.m. and is free to attend, but you’ll need to claim a ticket via Ticketmaster.

On Oct. 2, the Lightning hosts an open practice at Amalie Arena—located at 401 Channelside Dr.—for fans to watch the team prepare for the 2022-23 season. Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. and doors open at 10 a.m. Guests can claim up to four free general admission tickets.

Throughout the kickoff weekend, fans can look forward to player appearances, Q&A sessions, autograph opportunities, kids zones and more.

A ceremonial puck drop with team founder Phil Esposito and owner Jeff Vinik will ring in the anniversary season during the home opener at Amalie on Oct. 18.

The long-awaited creation of a Tampa Bay Lightning Hall of Fame is set for this spring, with the inaugural class to be inducted before a home alumni weekend game this spring. Date and class members are still to be determined.

Also this season, the Lightning will select 30 Tampa Bay area schools for an immersive series of visits from the team organization. Visits will include a pep rally, teacher appreciation day and ball hockey clinics.

More information about the Tampa Bay Lightning anniversary season events can be found at tampabaylightning.com.