The doors to the 670,000-square-foot Amalie Arena (originally called the Ice Palace) first opened on October 12, 1996 with its first event, the Royal Hanneford Circus.  The Circus was followed shortly thereafter by the first Lightning game played on October 20, 1996.  The Lightning won 5-2 over the New York Rangers. 

With a wide array of venues spread throughout the United States, it can be difficult to find one that distinguishes itself from the others. That is not the case with the renovated Amalie Arena, Florida’s premier entertainment venue and home of the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and five-time Arena Football champion Tampa Bay Storm.

Boasting unique features like lightning-throwing Tesla coils, the 11,000 square-foot Bud Light Party Deck with incredible views of the city and a massive five-manual, 105-rank digital pipe organ, Amalie Arena consistently ranks among the very best venues in the United States. The best part? This is only the beginning.

Signature Areas

Relax and enjoy your event from the comfort of your seat, or if you are feeling a little more social, take advantage of our party decks and bars located within the arena.

Bud Light Party Deck

The Bud Light Party Deck is located on the Terrace Level at Sections 304 and 328. The spacious 11,000-square-foot outdoor deck offers a variety of food and beverage options, including plenty of cold Bud Light. Take in the spectacular views of downtown Tampa while enjoying the great weather after a big Lightning win, a concert or any event.

Coors Light Between The Pipes Bar

The Lightning’s new, grand digital pipe organ is the signature centerpiece to the Terrace Level bar and fan destination. The litany of sounds this instrument makes actually rattles the arena’s very foundation! Any guest can watch the game from the bar.

Ford Thunder Alley

Ford Thunder Alley is Amalie Arena's main entrance plaza gives fans a place to meet, gather and relax before the game. There, fans can enjoy live music and interactive games, go inside Rolling Thunder (the Bolts’ mobile trailer), enter to win prizes in a variety of contests, meet ThunderBug and the Lightning Girls, and enjoy food and drink specials. You might also see and take part in Sun Sports Lightning Live pre-game television show. It’s a free show before the game as we count down to face off.

World of Beer

Located on the Promenade Level at Section 116, World of Beer is the top destination for specialty and craft brews at Amalie Arena .

Firestick Grill

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Tampa skyline at this newly renovated restaurant located on the Club Level (4th Floor) across from Section 201. This sumptuous buffet opens two hours before most events, and reservations are strongly recommended.