Thousands cheer on the Tampa Bay Lightning during watch party at Amalie Arena
Thousands of spectators cheer on Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. This, although the first game of the Stanley Cup Final is 2,000 miles away in Colorado.
“Oh my God, this is so much fun,” said Samara Oberoi, a Tampa Bay Lightning fan who attended the watch party. “This is our third time, we like to watch parties.”
A watch party is a place where the Bolts are entertained, with lots of noise and fun, from the start of the game to the final horn. It’s all led by Greg Wolf, who is considered the color master of all entertainment.
“It’s my job to be the biggest cheerleader, to be a fan of all the fans,” Wolf said. “It’s my job to raise energy levels for everyone to have a good time.”
For those fans who could not attend the watch party at Amalie Arena, many of them were holding their own watch parties on the Sun Coast.
“We’re all excited, we’re all excited, and it’s great to have everyone at Lakewood Ranch excited about it,” said Robin Rothman, a super fan of Tampa Bay Lightning from Lakewood Ranch.
Fans are confident that Tampa Bay Lightning will bring home its third consecutive Stanley Cup. They will cheer them up loudly from Amali Arena, whether they are at home or outside.
“I think they did a really good job of making the Watch Party feel like it was a real game in itself,” said Michelle Zechman, a Tampa Bay Lightning fan.
The Lightning beat Game One 4-1 over Colorado Avalanche in overtime. The second game is in Colorado on Saturday at 8 p.m. There will be another watch party at Amalie Arena.