Expect some thunderous applause from fans on what will finally be a banner night in Tampa.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning plan to raise their 2020 banner when fans are allowed back into Amalie Arena on Saturday. It will be the first time fans can attend a Lightning game since the 2019-20 NHL season was paused last March due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The banner ceremony will be part of what the Lightning are calling “Re-Opening Night” against the Nashville Predators. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The banner was revealed before the team’s first home game of the season back on January 13, but it was ceremoniously stopped well short of its permanent home in the rafters with no fans in attendance. Lightning players looked on and tapped their sticks as the banner was unveiled.
While the Lightning won the Stanley Cup without fans in attendance for games in the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles, the team certainly received plenty of support from back home.
The Lightning ran a fan participation campaign cleverly titled “Be The Distant Thunder,” which included, among other things, shipping a piece of glass signed by fans to be installed at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto during the Eastern Conference Playoffs.