City of Tampa To Host Boat Parade, Celebration At Raymond James Stadium To Welcome Home Lightning On Wednesday

The City of Tampa has released their plans for celebrating the Lightning’s winning of the 2020 Stanley Cup. According to the Tampa Bay Times, fans wanting to celebrate the Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship can do so Wednesday at socially distanced events along the Tampa Riverwalk and at Raymond James Stadium.

“The Stanley Cup is once again coming home to Tampa, and we could not be more proud of the Tampa Bay Lightning for embodying the resilient, fighting spirit of the Tampa Bay community and for bringing the Cup home,” Tampa Bay mayor Jane Castor said.

“Despite every challenge this past year, Tampa continues to ensure that our comeback is even greater than any setback. Thank you to our team for working hard, playing hard, and giving our community something to celebrate. We cannot wait for Stanley to get than tan.”

There will be two events held for fans that wish to congratulate and celebrate with the Lightning:

  • 2020 Stanley Cup Champions Boat Parade
    • 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 30
    • City of Tampa Riverwalk/Hillsborough River
    • Fans are encouraged to safely gather along the Riverwalk, exercising proper social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of face coverings
  • 2020 Stanley Cup Champions Celebration
    • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30
    • Raymond James Stadium
      • Free Parking beginning at 5:30 p.m.
      • Doors to the Stadium open at 6:30 p.m.
      • Tickets for the event will be free, necessary information here:
    • All Social Distancing guidelines for Raymond James Stadium will be in effect. Please see the attached document for more information on parking, safety, screening and security.

KEY DATES AHEAD

The National Hockey League announced the dates for the 2020 NHL Draft as well as the opening of free agency:

The 2020 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Free agency will open Friday, Oct. 9, at 12 p.m. ET.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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