Want to spend the night at Amalie Arena?
TAMPA — Want to have a sleepover at the Amalie Arena this month with five of your friends?
You can for $5,000.
The Lightning will transform one of its second-level lofts into a spacious three-bed living space that can be booked for just one night on April 24, a Lightning day off.
The area can be reserved on Airbnb from Monday noon. The space listing, with photos, is HERE. There is only one living space available.
Guests will also be treated to a five-course dinner with a chef, a chance to skate on the ice, a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena, a movie on the arena’s video board, a chance to trigger the Tesla coil from the arena, sound the goal siren and get a close look at the pipe organ, all with the Stanley Cup close at hand.
One thing you can’t do, according to the list: touch the thermostat.
The living space is fully furnished with three queen beds, tables, chairs, televisions, drinks and snacks.
Proceeds from the rental go to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, which focuses on suicide prevention assistance, crisis counseling, trauma counseling, sexual assault services and recovery services. transportation, and the Lightning Foundation.
This is not the first time that a stadium or professional sports arena has been rented out for an overnight stay.
When Minor League Baseball’s season was canceled last year due to the coronavirus, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos started renting a 10-bedroom living space in its stadium, giving guests full access to the clubhouse, batting cages and playing field for $1,571 a night. You can also rent Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Ore.home of minor league Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, for $1,000 a night.
In 2015, the Red Sox turned a suite into a one-bedroom living room for an Airbnb contest. That same year, a couple won a contest to stay at a football stadium in Rio de Janeiro through Airbnb.
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