TAMPA, Florida – It’s the moment Tampa Bay Lightning fans have been waiting for – 16 years.
Fans in Bolts Blue were scattered at Raymond James Stadium for a championship celebration that is second to none.
There was an electric atmosphere as the City of Tampa and Tampa Bay Lightning worked to keep people safe by enforcing restrictions on the fan rally.
– Ryan Smith (@RyanReports) October 1, 2020
An estimated 16,000 fans were there to welcome the Stanley Cup and the players who made it possible to their home.
“Everyone is out here just to have a good time and not only celebrate what they did for this city, but everyone else who was separated from it.” It’s just great, ”said Lightning fan Adam Hart.
Tickets for the rally went quickly as the Raymond James Stadium was only 25% busy.
The fans cheered the team while staying socially distant and in groups of between one and six people.
“With COVID, it’s made things difficult, but it’s amazing to still have the opportunity to enjoy this moment,” said Shaun Boland.