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The Bolts are back: What to know about the Lightning 2023-24 season

The preseason has already begun, and have deets on what games to get tickets to, where to park, and more.


We’re sure Amalie’s going to be pretty electric tonight.

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Hockey is back, Champa Bay. The puck dropped on the Bolts’ preseason earlier this week, so we’re taking a look at what the 2023-2024 season has in store for our Tampa Bay Lightning.

In the news:

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is likely out for the next two months after undergoing back surgery, the team announced this week.

Team captain Steven Stamkos is seeking a contract extension. This is the final year of his eight-year, $68 million contract. If he doesn’t reach an agreement with the team before next summer, he’ll become a free agent. Stamkos has only played for Tampa since being drafted in 2008, suiting up for more than 1,000 career games.

The best way to watch from home:

Watch the bulk of Bolts games live with a Bally Sports subscription, 5-day free trial of DIRECTV Stream, or with a Hulu Live TV subscription.

Reminder: Some Wednesday night games will be streamed exclusively on TNT, which can be streamed through most cable providers.

Sports bars to catch the games at:

  • American Social | 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., #107, Tampa | Daily, hours vary | Watch the action from the hopping bar’s massive flatscreens, while enjoying the waterfront views, ancho chicken quesadillas, and wings (of course).
  • Hattricks Sports Bar | 107 S. Franklin St., Tampa | Daily, 11 a.m.-as late as 3 a.m. | The Lightning fans’ fave bar offers plenty of TVs and daily happy hour deals.
  • LightHaus | 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa | Sparkman Wharf’s own biergarten is a popular spot for watching or pregaming the action-packed games.
  • Press Box Sports Emporium | 222 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa | Daily, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. | During games, this sports bar has giveaways and drink specials.
  • Park & Rec DTSP | 100 4th St. S., St. Petersburg | Tuesday-Sunday, hours vary | Play bucket pong and other games while watching the boys take the ice.

The games worth getting tickets to:

Browse all tickets.

Your must-bring stadium items:

A quick Amalie Arena survival guide:

  • Parking | There’s a wealth of parking lots located within walking distance of the area. Pro tip: Most only accept card payment, so make sure you bring that debit or credit card. You can also pre-purchase parking for games via ParkWhiz.
  • Food | Amalie Arena is introducing new dining options this season like Wicked Oak Barbecue. Pick up hearty macaroni and barbecue nachos at the new spot (Section 124 and on the Budweiser Biergarten near Section 329).
  • Check out the stadium’s own A-Z guide for any questions you may have.
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