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Same place, new name: Lightning home arena to get new name

Nov 1, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

St. Pete Times Forum Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t moving anytime soon, but their home arena is about to get a new name.

St. Pete Times Forum is going to become the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 1, 2012 thanks to the hometown newspaper who bought the rights to name the arena changing its name. Making sure the name sticks around a little longer, the two sides also agreed to extend the naming rights agreement through til 2018.

By that point, Vincent Lecavalier will still have two more years left on his current contract. Maybe by then the Lightning will have retained Steve Stamkos as well.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue. Ah well, it’s all about the money anyway.

    Better than the Vagisil Centre in Regina. A notch above the Depends Civic Center in Palm Beach. But nothing beats the Viagra ED Garden in Wichita.

  2. muttbolts - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Bring back the”ice palace”

  3. rca26 - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Everyone pretty much already calls it the Times Forum or just the Forum anyway, so I don’t think this will change much.

  4. lsxphotog - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I still call it the Ice Palace and always will. TBT is a local FREE newspaper. The more money this team makes, the happier I am so they could call it the Dildo Center for all I care. hahaha

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