On March 14th it was announced that Chase was the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new partner. As one of the lead supporters of the team, they inked a multi-year partnership with the arena, partnering with both the Lightning and the forum’s Arena Football League (AFL) team, the Tampa Bay Storm. They are now the official bank, credit card, financial services partner, ATM provider and community partner. Not only is it a deal just for financial assets, but it’s also based on the community.
Chase employees will join in with community service volunteer hours, upgrade local hockey rinks, and donate hundreds of hockey equipment sets for Tampa Bay area youth hockey. The Lightning and Chase will also partner up to thank military veterans by giving them homes through the Chase Home Award program, along with supporting the University of South Florida’s MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management program.
On the day that the partnership announcement was made, there was a t-shirt placed on every seat in the forum with both the Lightning and the Chase logos for fans to take home. The next day Chase volunteers took part in the Lightning’s Feeding Children Everywhere program, where they bagged lunches to be distributed to children around the Tampa Bay area.
Chances are that you have dealt with Chase or visited one of their ATMs. In Tampa Bay alone right now they have 59 branches and 284 ATMs. They employ more than 17,000 people in Florida, have more than 6 million Floridian customers, 275,000 small businesses, and 375 mid-sized businesses. They have 338 branches and 1,405 ATMs. Nation wide they are the U.S. Consumer and commercial banking business of JP Morgan Chase and Co. They have over 50 million consumers, represent 4 million small businesses, and have over 5,500 branches. With $2.3 Trillion, they are a leading global firm. Chase is also the financial services partner of the Orlando Magic and other sports franchises, including a marketing deal with Madison Square Garden in New York.
“The Tampa Bay Lightning are a great outfit to partner with, as both the Lightning and Chase continue to grow our organizations around Tampa Bay,” said Jeremy Young, senior vice president of Chase. “With the fundamental principles of our companies focused around growth and service to the community, this partnership is really a perfect match.”
Today to celebrate the new partnership, four of the Tampa Bay Lightning players will be visiting two branches. From 4:00pm – 5:30pm they will be signing autographs and giving out Chase/Lightning tshirts. Defensemen Sami Salo and goaltender Mathieu Garon will be at the 4005 S. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Head to 19001 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Tampa to meet forwards Cory Conacher and Tom Pyatt.