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Fans Get to Celebrate Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup Win

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The Stanley Cup party is on in Tampa Bay.

Fresh off securing its second Stanley Cup Championship (and first since 2004) in team history, the Lightning players, coaches and staff arrived back in Tampa Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Edmonton, Canada.

Once back in Tampa, players were reunited with their families – whom they haven’t seen in more than two months.

What You Need To Know
  • The celebration kicks off on Wednesday at Riverwalk
  • There will be a boat parade on Hillsborough River
  • Then there will be a celebration at Raymond James Stadium
  • RELATED: Tampa Bay Lightning Win Stanley Cup!

It’s a beautiful morning outside of Amalie!

Want to celebrate? Here’s how:

– Wednesday at 5 p.m. there’s a Stanley Cup boat parade on the Hillsborough River. Fans can watch from the riverwalk.
– Following at 7:30 there’s a celebration at Raymond James Stadium вЃ¦@BN9вЃ© pic.twitter.com/BTqJL5mDA0

Now, the team is celebration the Cup win with the Bay area.

The City of Tampa and the Lightning will host a boat parade Wednesday at 5 p.m. along the downtown Tampa Riverwalk. Fans are encouraged to safely gather along the Riverwalk, exercising proper social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of face coverings.

The team also will host a celebration at Raymond James Stadium Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. That event has sold out.

Free parking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and stadium doors open at 6:30 p.m. All Social Distancing guidelines for Raymond James Stadium will be in effect.

TAMPA BAY IS TITLETOWN

The triumph of winning the NHL championship in a bubble was certainly no less sweet for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Brayden Point scored his playoff-best 14th goal and the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday night to win finish off the most unusual NHL postseason in history, staged nearly entirely in quarantine because of the pandemic

But when they return home to Amalie Arena in Tampa, there will be an on-ice celebration with their families and Lightning staff.

But the celebration started earlier on Monday night, when Bolts fans realized the team would be taking the cup back to Tampa.

The fans at Thunder Alley just erupted when the Bolts won the Stanley Cup, with about 1,000 people were outside of Amalie Arena.

It’s been 16 long years since the Lightning have brought the cup back home to Tampa;

just the second time in franchise history.

“I’ve been waiting for so many years. This is from like 12 years ago, I’ve been wearing this jersey. All the time. So, I love it. I’m excited,” said fan Saverio Digioa.

Ralph Parr agreed and shared his excitement.

“I’m absolutely fired up. This team has deserved this win, the Stanley cup win since 2015. We’ve been through injuries, we’ve been through I think it all and there’s not one team right now that deserves the cup more than the Tampa Bay Lightning,” he said.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup champs and the Bay area is set to celebrate!

Tampa Bay Lightning Win Stanley Cup, Celebrate In An Empty Stadium

Tampa Bay Lightning Win Stanley Cup, Celebrate In An Empty Stadium

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup on Monday. But pandemic safety precautions made for a surreal celebration.

TONYA MOSLEY, HOST:

Here’s one thing that isn’t the same during a pandemic – winning the Stanley Cup.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars and were crowned champions of a coronavirus-shortened hockey season. It was a big moment. You can hear it in the call by Doc Emrick for NBC.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

DOC EMRICK: And the Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup.

SHAPIRO: But listen closely to that arena sound.

SHAPIRO: That’s not the cheering of thousands of Tampa fans or the groans of Dallas supporters. It’s the whoops of a couple dozen hockey players and staff.

MOSLEY: This game, like much of the season, was played in the NHL’s quarantine bubble – no fans, just an empty arena in Edmonton, Alberta.

SHAPIRO: That may have been a welcome change of pace for Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner. Traditionally, fans greet his appearances with boos – not last night.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

GARY BETTMAN: It is my honor to present the Stanley Cup to Steven Stamkos.

SHAPIRO: Stamkos and the rest of the Lightning players took their turns hoisting the 35-pound trophy, as tradition dictates. But without the fans, it all felt a little quaint, except for the pyrotechnics echoing through the empty stands.

(SOUNDBITE OF FIREWORKS)

MOSLEY: None of this dampened the enthusiasm of the faithful back in Tampa. They gathered outside of the Lightning’s home arena to watch on the big screen. And when the final buzzer sounded, the whole crowd was on its feet, supplying the roar that the broadcast was missing.

MOSLEY: The team will get its hometown honors, despite the pandemic. There’s a Stanley Cup champions boat parade in Tampa tomorrow – social distancing and face coverings encouraged.

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