Here we go again, Blackhawks fans.
Here's what happens for out-of-area Blackhawks fans looking to purchase tickets on the Lightning's Ticketmaster site for Games 1 and 2 (and assuming Games 5 and 7, if necessary):
Please note. Amalie Arena is located in Tampa, FL. Sales to this event will be restricted to residents of Florida. Residency will be based on credit card billing address. Orders by residents outside the selected area will be canceled without notice and refunds given.
But wait, there's more.
If you're a fan residing in the state of Florida and plan to attend the game sporting Blackhawks attire, good luck making it through the whole game without being noticed. The Lightning are looking to keep the red out, figuratively and literally.
Chase Club and Lexus Lounge ticket holders: Please note that for all 2015 NHL Playoff Games at Amalie Arena, only Tampa Bay Lightning apparel (or neutral) will be permitted in these club and adjoining seating areas. Fans wearing visiting team apparel will be asked to remove them while in these areas.
Oh, and if you refuse to obey those rules, you will be removed from the area and onto an available seat outside the club level. And you won't get an apology from the Lightning.
“We’re not going to apologize for the policy,” Team vice president Bill Wickett told the New York Times. “We want to create as much of a hometown environment for the Lightning players and our season-ticket holders as we can.”
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The Predators used this same strategy to block Blackhawks fans from entering Bridgestone Arena in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they were somewhat successful. But it didn't translate to a desired outcome in the series.
Will it work for Tampa Bay?