The Amalie Arena is a huge stadium, standing at 133 feet tall and 493 feet in length. The space totals 670,000 square feet with three different decks and seven separate levels. The unique design of the Amalie Arena allows for 19,758 seats for NHL games, 20,500 seats for basketball games and up to 21,500 seats for concerts and center stage events. The size of the arena has made it a prime spot for huge musical acts to perform. Previous artists and bands who have played here include Lady Gaga, Twenty One Pilots, and Carrie Underwood. The following video offers a bird's eye view of the facility as well as a brief look inside.
Amalie Arena was first opened on October 12th, 1996. Its first event was the Royal Hanneford Circus. The first Lightning game was played shortly after, on October 20th, 1996. The original name for the arena was Ice Palace, however that changed over time. From 2002 to 2012 it was the St. Pete Times Forum, which became the Tampa Bay Times Forum from 2012 to 2014. In September 2014, the arena name was changed to Amalie Arena after the naming rights were given to the Amalie Oil Company. This next video shows a clip from ELO's performance of Mr. Blue Sky.
From 2011 to 2013, Amalie Arena invested more than $62 million for facility improvements. Actions like this exemplify why Amalie Arena is a leader in the live music industry. The venue hosts more than 150 events every year, ranking it among the top venues in North America. If you're in need of sustenance, food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, are sold throughout the arena.
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