Amalie Arena Appears to Survive Hurricane Irma

Social media reports that the Lightning’s home didn’t appear to suffer any damage.

Now that Tampa’s bush with Hurricane Irma has passed by, clean up from the storm has begun. Hopefully, Amalie Arena, home of the Lightning, wasn’t impacted to a degree that requires any major work.

During the storm, the Florida Panthers home, the BB&T Center, hosted out-of-state recovery crews while Germain Arena in Estero (where the Lightning had been scheduled to host a rookie tournament) was open as southwest Florida’s largest emergency shelter. In Tampa, Amalie remained closed, not out of callousness, but because it’s location right next to the Garrison Channel is in an evacuation zone - which their social media team pointed out on Sunday:

In preparation for the storm, the building cancelled a Chris Tucker/D.L. Hughley event that was scheduled for the 8th and remained closed throughout the weekend, with plans to re-open the box office (located on ground level) on the 12th.

Several residents and fans drove by the building Monday morning and reported that it did not appear the building suffered much damage to the outside:

With FanFest scheduled to take place on Saturday the 16th, the organization should be releasing official information on its status shortly. Raw Charge reached out to the Lightning and had not received a response at the time of publication. The story will be updated to reflect any information received. [UPDATE - The Lightning confirmed that there was no major damage to the arena]

As for the area’s other major sports stadiums, the Tampa Bay TImes Marc Topkin tweeted that Tropicana Field made it through the storm safely as well. The Rays are currently playing the New York Yankees at Citi Field in New York after the team and the league relocated the series that was supposed to take place in St. Petersburg.

Raymond James Stadium was a staging point for U.S. Marines who were brought in to help with possible recovery efforts and also appears to be OK per reports. Local author Tim Dorsey captured the amphibious vehicles rolling through his neighborhood on Saturday.