Amalie Arena

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Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa (November 2013)
The Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa (November 2013)
Earlier names

Ice Palace (1996–2002)
St. Pete Times Forum (2002–2011)
Tampa Bay Times Forum (2012–2014)

place 401 Channelside Drive Tampa , Florida 33602
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 27 ° 56 '33.9 "  N , 82 ° 27' 6.5"  W Coordinates: 27 ° 56 '33.9 "  N , 82 ° 27' 6.5"  W.
owner Hillsborough County
operator Tampa Bay Sports And Entertainment LLC
start of building April 14, 1994
opening October 20, 1996
First game October 20, 1996
Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 New York Rangers
surface Concrete
ice surface
artificial turf
costs 139 million US dollars
architect Ellerbe Becket
capacity 20,500 seats (basketball)
19,758 seats (ice hockey)
19,500 seats (arena football)
21,500 seats (concerts)

The Amalie Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the US city ​​of Tampa in the state of Florida . It is used for ice hockey , basketball and arena football games as well as concerts and shows . The arena is currently the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League (NHL). Furthermore, the Tampa Bay Storm from the AFL from 1996 to 2017 and the Tampa Breeze , from the LFL , played their games here until the end of the 2011/12 season.


In 1996 the arena was opened as the Ice Palace , replacing Tropicana Field (also known as Thunderdome ) in Saint Petersburg , which was previously the home of the Lightning .

The indoor area, located in Tampa's Channel District , was originally second choice to the land near Tampa Stadium earmarked for the arena, but these plans failed due to funding difficulties. The official opening of the arena took place on October 20, 1996 with the NHL game of the Lightning against the New York Rangers , with a 5: 2 the Tampa Bay were able to achieve their first victory in their new home in their first game.

Owning the arena joined in 1999 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who had previously leased the arena to which owned by billionaire William Davidson that are available Palace Sports & Entertainment , as Davidson also owner of the Lightning was. The naming rights to the Ice Palace were sold to the St. Petersburg Times , a well-known daily newspaper in Tampa, in 2002 . When the daily changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times on December 31, 2011 , the name of the arena was also changed.

At the end of August 2012, the Republican National Convention took place in the arena. At the beginning of September 2014 the hall was given the sponsor name Amalie Arena after the mineral oil company Amalie Oil Company.

At the end of February 2018, Tampa Bay Lightning extended their lease with Hillsborough County for the Amalie Arena until 2037. The extension is intended to secure the financing of future renovations.


In addition to the league operations, other sporting events such as B. College basketball , NCAA competitions, tennis , wrestling , boxing , skating and rodeos . In addition, u. a. Concerts and shows take place.

In 1999 the arena hosted the NHL All-Star Game . In the 2003/04 season , the championship year of the Tampa Bay Lightning, four of the seven final games for the Stanley Cup took place in the arena. In the 2014/15 season Tampa Bay was once again in the final for the Stanley Cup and three of the six games were played in the Tampa arena. In 2018, the hall hosted the NHL All-Star Game for the second time .


View across the Garrison Channel north towards the arena (November 2013)

Web links

Commons : Amalie Arena  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tampa Bay Times Forum has a new name: Amalie Arena Article from September 3, 2014
  2. NHL: Lightning until at least 2037 in Amalie Arena Article from March 1, 2018