NHL all-star game coming to Tampa in 2018

by Gary Shelton on May 30, 2017 · 2 comments

in general, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday, 3 a.m.

The sporting world, it seems, has re-discovered Tampa Bay.

Only days after being awarded the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa, the NHL has announced that the 2018 all-star game will be held at Amalie Arena.

In 2020, Tampa will host the first- and second-round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Tampa will also host the 2019 women's Final Four.

Tampa was the host city for this year's NCAA football championship.

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The 2018 NHL All-Star returns to a 3-on-3 tournament format after successful games in Nashville (2016) and Los Angeles (2017). Under the tournament rules, the NHL All-Star Game will be divided into three 20-minute games, with star players from each NHL division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.

"We are looking forward to bringing the 2018 NHL All-Star celebration to the Tampa Bay area," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "In addition to the events on the ice, we're planning outside activities which will embrace the Tampa Bay community and Gasparilla events -- as well as the Florida sunshine. We know Jeff Vinik, the Lightning and AMALIE Arena will be outstanding hosts as the NHL family gathers for our mid-season showcase."

“We are thrilled to host the 2018 NHL All-Star Game at AMALIE Arena,” said Jeff Vinik, Chairman and Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “We’ve worked hard over the past several years to transform Tampa Bay into a hockey market. The honor of hosting the All-Star game validates that work, but it’s not the end of our efforts. We pledge to work alongside the NHL as well as leaders across Tampa Bay to deliver a world class experience for All-Star players, fans and partners.”

The 2018 NHL® All-Star Game will mark the second time Tampa will host the event. The Lightning and Tampa previously hosted the NHL All-Star Game in 1999, successfully welcoming thousands of NHL fans, executives and personalities to the city. Further details on 2018 NHL All-Star festivities, including ticket information, special events and television broadcasting information will be released at a later date.

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Bill Myers May 30, 2017 at 9:24 am

It would really be great if Tampa could host another Stanley Cup win for the Bolts!

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Gary Shelton May 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm

What would be your choice? Bucs in the Super Bowl, Rays in the World Series, another title game, Lightning in the Stanley Cup finals, usf in the aac finals? Give me in order.

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