One thing that's happened a few times during the Tampa Bay Lightning road games this season is about to be packaged and franchised out to a wide swath of the Tampa Bay region, all at once.
I'm talking about viewing parties.
With the Bolts on the road for games one and two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the franchise is partnering up with Bud Light and Bacardi to bring watch parties to seven local establishments in Hillsborough and Sarasota counties.
With five different parties scheduled for Tampa, I'm curious what happened that led to Pinellas County not making the cut for a party location? I'm sure there is business and logistics reasons for this -- but it just seems odd that parties were saturated in only one section of the area.
If your establishment in Pinellas County will be airing the Lightning playoff games, we invite you to leave a comment here on this post.
At any rate, the official watch party (of the seven listed) will be held at Brick House Tavern and Tap on South Dale Mabry Highway. Other locations are after the jump.
LIGHTNING TO HOST PLAYOFF WATCH PARTIES FOR FANS THROUGHOUT 2011 POSTSEASON
Watch Parties to be Held at Various Bay Area Locations
Brick House Tavern + Tap, located at 1102 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa, will serve as this year’s official watch party location, with additional watch parties set to be held at other local eateries and pubs throughout Tampa Bay.
This season the Lightning have teamed up with their official watch party partner, Bud Light, to bring all the action of Lightning playoff hockey to fans, as well as a number of great offers throughout the playoffs including free merchandise to be distributed on-site by the Bud Light Girls. There will also be drink specials on all Anheuser-Busch products at each watch party throughout the postseason.
Bacardi, a valued sponsor of both the Lightning and the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, will also be on hand during the playoffs and will provide 15,000 Lightning Lemonade souvenir cups to each watch party location for fans to take home as a commemorative keepsake of the team’s 2011 playoff run. The Bacardi Girls will also distribute samples of Lightning Lemonade and giveaway items to all watch party patrons and will be present in front of Shots, located on the west plaza at the St. Pete Times Forum, prior to Lightning home playoff games through the first two rounds.
A complete list of 2011 playoff watch party locations is as follows:
Brick House Tavern + Tap (Official Location) 1102 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. (Tampa)
Champps Americana at International Plaza 2223 N. West Shore Blvd. (Tampa)
1809 W. Platt St. (Tampa)
The Press Box
222 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. (Tampa)
Wings Gone Wild
3114 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. (Tampa)
1025 W. Brandon Blvd. (Brandon)
4715 Bee Ridge Rd. (Sarasota)