How and where Lightning fans can follow the opening round

How and where Lightning fans can follow the opening round

Here’s what fans need to know to follow the series. The league has not yet announced dates or times for the games. How available are tickets?Amalie Arena will host 7,000 fans a game for the first round. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

How and where Lightning fans can follow the opening round Are you willing to drive? Since there is limited capacity — Amalie Arena will host 7,000 fans a game for the first round — demand is higher than the supply of tickets. Tickets for Lightning first-round home games were sold to season ticket plan holders and then Lightning Insider email list subscribers.

BB&T Center will be at just under 50 percent capacity — about 9,000 to 10,000 seats — for the first round. There also is a chance the Panthers could release more seats on game days. Resale tickets for the games in Sunrise are less expensive, starting at $116 each for seats in the 300 level, but there are many available. Prepare to pay around $250 a seat for a 100 level ticket.

Otherwise, you’re going to pay a premium. On third-party sites like StubHub, tickets for Lightning home first-round games currently range wildly, from $167 a seat to $836 for the Chase Club. Remember when purchasing that you’ll have to buy in pods of two to four seats. Panthers home-game tickets have not sold out. As of Monday morning, TicketMaster still showed a few two-seat pods available for both Games 1 and 2 at BB&T Center starting at $100 a seat in the 300 level. Depending on where you live in the Tampa Bay area, it’s a 3½-4-hour drive to the arena in Sunrise, located just a few minutes off Alligator Alley.

How do I watch?The Lightning’s first-round games against Florida will be broadcast on Bally Sports Sun. [ Bally Sports ] For those fans considering a switch so they can watch Lightning postseason hockey, know this. After this round, the broadcasts go to the national networks, so games will be on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, USA and the NBC Sports app.

Also, fans can listen to the game locally to hear Dave Mishkin’s call with analysts Phil Esposito and Caley Chelios on WFLA 970 and on the iHeartRadio app. The Lightning’s first-round games will be broadcast on Bally Sports Sun, which extends the season-long frustration for fans who no longer can get the team’s local TV rights-holder because of a carriage-fee dispute that makes it unavailable for Frontier cable subscribers and Hulu and YouTubeTV streamers.

Thunder Alley returnsThe Lightning plan to resume watch parties on Thunder Alley for the postseason. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ] The Lightning’s first-round games will be broadcast on Bally Sports Sun, which extends the season-long frustration for fans who no longer can get the team’s local TV rights-holder because of a carriage-fee dispute that makes it unavailable for Frontier cable subscribers and Hulu and YouTubeTV streamers.

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