St. Pete Times Forum Breaks Own Record for Number of Events Scheduled
The St. Pete Times Forum is preparing for its busiest period in the history of the building with more performances scheduled for concerts, events, family shows, and sporting events than ever before. Tickets have already gone on sale this month for a number of highly anticipated concerts and events including AC/DC’s return to the stage on December 21 and WWE RAW's Record-Breaking 800th Episode Celebration which will take place November 3. Individual game tickets and ticket packages are available for Tampa Bay Lightning 2008-2009 season.
November is expected to be one of the busiest months since the arena opened with over 200,000 patrons anticipated to walk through the doors for hockey games, concerts, and shows. The great lineup includes New Kids On the Block on November 2, Sarah Brightman on November 16, and So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2008 on November 17. Tampa Bay Lightning will take the ice against Florida Panthers on November 18 and New York Rangers November 26 with four other games scheduled for the month.
The St. Pete Times Forum continues to provide great family entertainment with the return of The Wiggles on November 22 and Xtreme International Ice Racing on February 8. The Harlem Globetrotters will once again take on the Generals on February 27.
On Sunday, February 1, 2009 Tampa will host Super Bowl XLIII. The St. Pete Times Forum has lined up a great selection of entertainment to ensure the days leading up to the NFL’s Championship Game are truly spectacular: Montreal vs. Tampa Bay Lightning January 27, Celine Dion January 28, Eagles January 29, Philadelphia Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning January 30, and superstar comedian Dane Cook on Saturday, January 31.
The year will continue strong when the Southeastern Conference brings its 2009 Men’s Basketball Tournament to the St. Pete Times Forum March 12-15, marking the event’s first return to the state of Florida since 1990. Other collegiate championship events scheduled for the arena include the 2009 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships and the 2012 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four.
“We are excited with the strong schedule of events we have already confirmed and are continuing to secure even more shows for the months ahead,” states Sean Henry, Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal is to provide a wide spectrum of entertainment to the Tampa Bay area. We are proud to bring the biggest names in music, the most dynamic family shows, and the most thrilling championship sporting events to the St. Pete Times Forum year round.”
Since it opening to the public in 1996, the St. Pete Times Forum has consistently ranked in the top ten arenas in the United States according to tickets sold to concerts, events and family shows as reported by Pollstar – the international newsweekly of the music industry, and one of the concert industry’s leading publications.