Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke announced that the roughly 19,000 seat St. Pete Times Forum, currently under renovations, has had just over half of its seats sold so far to season ticket holders.
Attendance has always been a hot topic in Tampa Bay for hockey. Florida is generally critisized as not being a hockey market. But, with numbers like these – numbers that are expected to keep climbing – the Lightning are proving to be the pro-sports team that the Bay area is getting behind the most, considering that the Rays are ranked as having the third-worst attendance average in the MLB and the Buccaneers, for the second straight season, are struggling to sell-out their home .
“Our job is to sell out every game,” Leiweke told the St. Pete Times. “We still have a lot of work to do to get to that. But to say we’d be at 10,000 right now – that’s a heck of a target.”
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