Why Lightning games are awesome even if you aren’t a hockey fan

Reasons you shouldn’t knock a trip to Amalie Arena ‘til you’ve tried it

Sticks, gloves, and helmets everywhere… A classic example of a fight gone awry.

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Sticks, gloves, and helmets everywhere… A classic example of a fight gone awry.

Madi Sonnenberg, Web Editor

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Until a few years ago, I personally wasn’t really a huge fan of hockey. I mean, how does watching a bunch of guys who look like they’re wearing pajamas skating around whacking each other with sticks sound appealing? That was until I got the chance to go to my first Lightning game and experience hockey in person, and my whole view changed. Not only is hockey a fast paced, exciting game to watch, there are plenty of other interesting things to do and see at Amalie Arena, the Lightning’s home stadium. Here’s why you should give a game a chance, even if you don’t think you like the sport.

  1. The Lightning Generator: At the beginning of the game and periodically throughout your time at the arena you might hear a very loud, annoying buzzing sound when something exciting seems to be happening. That’s because two huge tesla coils suspended from the ceiling are creating actual lightning bolts right above you. Don’t miss your opportunity to get your ear drums blown out by this amazing feat of science.
  2. Fights: Who doesn’t love a good fight? If you’re lucky enough to watch a rivalry game such as the Lightning vs. Panthers like I was able to at one point, you could see upwards of six fights in one game. Since fighting takes place on the ice it can be pretty amusing to watch how the brawl goes down on the frictionless surface. However, most of the time the players are actually smiling while they duke it out with each other so I’m not really sure exactly how intense these “fights” actually are.
  3. Super Fans: The only other thing more hilarious than fights on ice are Lightning “super fans.” Look around you after a goal is scored and the celebratory music starts playing and you’ll undoubtedly see everyone up out of their seats swinging their arms around and dancing. Some fans dress up in costumes like astronauts or superheroes. If players are body slammed into the wall, you may see fans fervently beating the protective glass. If nothing else, going to a Lightning game can remind you how normal you are.
  4. The Ice Shovelers: Periodically throughout the game a team of highly trained ice shovelers comes whizzing onto the scene to scoop up what appears to be excessive ice that has accumulated on the rink. Their highly coordinated efforts ensure that the players have a clean rink to play on, since obviously it’s really easy to trip over loose piles of fluffy snow. The ice shovelers come prepared with oversized snow shovels, Chick-Fil-A garbage cans, and helmets. Safety first.
  5. Food: There’s a multitude of tasty dining options available for fans while watching a game. Don’t miss your opportunity for overpriced PDQ, Little Caesar’s, and Dippin’ Dots!

As you can see, there is something exciting to check out at every turn during your visit to Amalie Arena. Regardless of whether you’re a hockey fan or not, you’ll find something to love or laugh at during a Lightning game.

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