Well now, that was a nice little surprise on a Thursday night, wasn’t it? Prior to the game against the St. Louis Blues, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators released their jerseys for the upcoming Stadium Series game in February. Nashville really leaned into the whole “Smashville” thing, didn’t they?
For SMASHVILLE. For Music City. For the fans. pic.twitter.com/5ThXNsCJF9— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) December 2, 2021
I know the first thought you’re having. What’s the deal with the font? It’s an homage to letterpress music posters that have a long history in Music City. The numbers are oversized on purpose to help the fans in attendance actually see them from some of upper deck seats.
As for the Lightning.
Alright. So, yeah. My initial response is that they are perfectly fine. I’m not 100% sold on the font for the “BOLTS” across the front. It feels like something I would have sketched while bored in chemistry class in high school. The Lightning strike pattern at the bottom has kind of grown on me the more I look at it, but it does make it seem a little crowded overall.
I’ll withhold my final judgement until I see them in person. A lot of times these types of things look way better on the ice when the whole team is wearing the full ensemble. For the record, it looks like they’ll be wearing the blue shorts with these (there was a lot concern on social media that they would pair them with white shorts) and I think that will round out the look pretty nicely.
If you’re looking to buy one for yourself or a significant Lightning fan in your inner circle, you can pre-order them at Tampa Bay Sports.
Credit to the team for trying something different and not going back to the well with another take on the Reverse Retro jerseys from last season. The nostalgic look is all well and good, but these outdoor games should showcase a more unique, one-off kind of look and the Bolts definitely went in that direction.
Also, credit to them for their presentation video. I demand Steven Stamkos take warm-ups for the game in a cowboy hat.
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