The Great Outdoors and the first Eastern Conference Quarterfinals watch party for Lightning fans

It’s the time of the season for fans to congregate together and watch Tampa Bay Lightning hockey during the 2019 NHL Playoffs. Seeing everyone can’t make it to the Amalie for games (or venues of opposing teams — in this instance, Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio), watch parties by the Lightning are a nice way to do it.

It was announced Monday that hockey fans in Tampa Bay can hit up an official watch party at Curtis Hixon Park for Wednesday’s Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. It won’t just be hockey watching in Curtis Hixon on Wednesday as the rock group Cage the Elephant is also supposed to perform.

Details from the Bolts press release are as follows:


TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will host a watch party in Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for the team’s Game 1 match-up against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, April 10, immediately following a free concert hosted by the National Hockey League and featuring GRAMMY Award-winning band Cage the Elephant. The concert will begin at 5:15 p.m.


The watch party will feature the Lightning game broadcast, live music, entertainment, games, food trucks, giveaways and more.  For fans attending the game, they can participate in the “Route to the Rink” along the Tampa Riverwalk from Curtis Hixon Park to AMALIE Arena.

FOX Sports Sun’s 7 p.m. broadcast of the Lightning-Blue Jackets game will open with Cage The Elephant’s live performance from Curtis Hixon Park.  NBC will re-air Cage The Elephant’s performance during its 3 p.m. live Stanley Cup Playoffs game broadcast on Saturday, April 13.

The concert, rain or shine, will be open to the public. No ticket will be required to attend the performance. Afterward, fans are welcome to stay at Curtis Hixon Park to watch the Lightning game broadcast on video screens.

If you don’t know Cage the Elephant, I’ll give you one of their songs that (in title) seems rather fitting for the NHL playoffs — “Ain’t No Rest for the Whicked“:

UPDATE April 9th: The Lightning unveiled the rest of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal watch party schedule for games 2, 3 and 4 of the series.

Game 2 Friday April 12 at 7 p.m.
Location: Ford Thunder Alley and Corona Cantina at AMALIE Arena
Party starts at puck drop with $5 beers, $8 liquor drinks, Chillounge Ice Bar, food specials and more

Game 3 – Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m. presented by Coors Light
Location: North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Party starts at 6 p.m. with live music, beer and food specials, giveaways and more.

Game 4 – Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. presented by Coors Light
Location: Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Party starts at 6 p.m. with live music, beer and food specials, giveaways and more.

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