Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Renovation
When Jeff Vinik purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010, he promised to create a world-class venue both for his hockey team and the Tampa Bay community. Since the completion of the Amalie Arena renovations, the venue has consistently ranked in the top 10 of arenas for overall attendance. The Lightning was also rated as the #1 franchise in ESPN’s 2016 Ultimate Standings, a comprehensive ranking of all NHL, MLB, NFL, and NBA franchises.
Walter P Moore provided structural assessment, engineering and threshold inspection services for the arena which originally opened in the fall of 1996. Our assessment and proposed renovations and expansions resulted in a three phase project. Phase I brought a high-end experience to all fans by creating better flow throughout the facility. This allowed fans to more easily access the arena, navigate through the main concourse and make their way to their new and improved seats. A grand entry, redesigned ticket office and merchandise shop greet fans upon arrival and offer an improved connection to the main concourse. The design team converted two terrace level seating sections into a performance stage and space to house a pipe organ and incorporated two Tesla coils which generate real “Tampa Bay Lightning” into the roof structure. Additionally, an 11,000 SF outdoor deck was added to the west side of the arena providing a scenic overlook of downtown Tampa.
Phase II extended the improved fan experience to the Club and Suite Levels adding two large loft areas, a high-end loge and premium concessions. Phase II also included a new back-of-house media area and player’s wives area as well as a multi-level stair connecting levels 4-6. A third and final phase will improve the high-end fan experience by renovating the premier lounge in the arena, the Lexus Lounge.