TAMPA (September 26, 2017) – Florida Hospital, in its long-standing partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning, has renewed its commitment and grown its investment in the team, by becoming one of the exclusive, “Championship Partners,” making the hospital one of the top five corporate business sponsors of the team. In addition, Florida Hospital is the 25th Anniversary Season Presenting Sponsor for the 2017-18 season and will remain an Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Lightning.
Florida Hospital will take over the coveted southwest quadrant or “quad” in the arena, which is approximately 4,000 square feet of welcoming space for fans to enjoy food, beverages and interact with the Florida Hospital brand. The hospital will be installing an interactive area throughout the season, and will leverage technology in the quadrant to reach thousands of fans in a new, fresh and cutting edge way.
The Florida Hospital quad will be located behind section 128 – the same site as the FOX Sports Sun broadcast as the hospital will be partnering with the network to become the presenting sponsor of the FOX Sports Lightning 25th Anniversary Season broadcasts as well.
“Our multi-year sponsorship is indicative of Florida Hospital’s investment in the team, our commitment to expand in the communities that we serve throughout Florida, and one that will bring a health and wellness message to Lightning fans and all event attendees at AMALIE Arena,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of Florida Hospital, the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System. Schultz also said, “Our organizations share a similar value of giving back to the community and the opportunity to be one of the elite sponsors for the Tampa Bay Lightning came at a time when the hospital was well-positioned to strengthen its storied partnership and help support the inspired vision that Lightning team owner Jeff Vinik has for downtown Tampa.”
“We are very pleased to be expanding our already great relationship with Florida Hospital,” Lightning CEO Steve Griggs said. “Since partnering with Florida Hospital in 2011, our two organizations have done excellent things to better the Tampa Bay community and we’re excited to continue those efforts for years to come. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary season than with Florida Hospital as our presenting partner. On behalf of all of us at the Lightning, we’d like to thank them for their significant commitment to the team and the people of Tampa Bay.”
Florida Hospital will continue as an Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Lightning and retain its title of co-presenting partner of the Lightning Foundation’s annual family-fun charity run, the 17th Annual Florida Hospital Bolt Run, presented by Dasani, being held on Saturday, October 21. Florida Hospital will also host two presenting nights during the season, including Heart Health Awareness Night and Pediatric Health Night.
“We are delighted to continue building our brand while inspiring Bolts fans to be proactive about their health and overall wellbeing,” said Lauren Key, Senior Executive Officer of Consumer Strategy for Florida Hospital, the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System. “Florida Hospital will showcase its message and commitment through fan engagement that is focused on innovation, creativity and digital fun.”
About Florida Hospital
Florida Hospital is a not-for-profit, leading healthcare system composed of 26 hospitals throughout the state. It is a member of the of the Adventist Health System with 45 hospitals across 10 states, serving more than 4.7 million patients annually with over 80,000 employees. For more information visit www.FloridaHospital.com
Upcoming Lightning Events During the 25th Anniversary Season, presented by Florida Hospital:
2017-18 Opening Night Friday, October 6 vs. Florida Panthers
1992-93 Original Team Recognition Saturday, October 14 vs. St. Louis Blues
25th Anniversary Celebration featuring the Original Team Sunday, October 15 @ Expo Hall
17th Annual Bolt Run Saturday, October 21 @ AMALIE Arena
Hockey Fights Cancer Night Thursday, November 2 vs. New York Rangers
2004 Stanley Cup Champions Team Recognition Saturday, November 4 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Dave Andreychuk Night, Celebrating his Hall of Fame Induction Saturday, November 18 vs. New York Islanders
NHL Centennial Celebration and Truck Tour Thursday-Saturday, December 7-9 @ AMALIE Arena
Lightning All-Star Celebration Thursday, January 18 vs. Vegas Golden Nights
2018 NHL All-Star Weekend Friday-Sunday, January 26-28
Vincent Lecavalier Jersey Retirement Ceremony Saturday, February 10 vs. Los Angeles Kings
Bolts Family Carnival Sunday, February 18 @ AMALIE Arena
Lightning All-Time Favorites Celebration Friday, April 6 vs. Buffalo Sabres